Dávila, Carlos G., 1887-1955

Alternative names
Birth 1887-09-15
Death 1955-10-19
Spanish; Castilian

Biographical notes:

Chilean ambassador to the United States at this time.

From the description of Correspondence with Johan Thorsten Sellin, 1931. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 236165705

Carlos Davila (1887-1955) was a Chilean statesman, diplomat, editor, and writer. Davila was born in Los Angeles, Chile, and studied law at the University of Chile, Santiago. There he was president of the Students' Federation. He founded and directed the newspapers La Nacion and Los Tiempos, and the magazine Hoy .

From 1927 to 1931 he was Chile's ambassador to the United States, and in 1932 he became President of Chile. He was a member of the Interamerican Financial and Economic Advisory Committee in 1939 and 1940, and was visiting professor of International Law for the Carnegie Peace Foundation. In 1941, Davila was a recipient of the Cabot Prize awarded by Columbia University's School of Journalism for distinguished service in Inter-American relations in journalism. He was on the social and economic council of the United Nations and from 1943-1946 was on the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. He received degrees of Doctor of Law Honores Causa from Columbia University and Southern California University at Los Angeles. In 1954, Davila was elected Secretary-General of OAS. He was one of the most widely read South American writers and author of the book We of the Americas.

From the guide to the Carlos Davila Papers, 1930-1957, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)


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