The United States in Latin America: A Historical Dictionary

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YAGER, ARTHUR ( 1857-1941). Educator and colonial administrator, born October 29, 1857, in Campbellsburg, Kentucky. Yager graduated from Georgetown ( Ky.) College and Johns Hopkins University. He was professor of history and economics at Georgetown College from 1884 to 1913, chairman of the faculty from 1898 to 1908, and president of the college from 1908 to 1913. He was also vice-president of the Deposit Bank and Trust Company of Georgetown from 1900 to 1907 and vice president of Farmers' Bank and Trust Company of Georgetown from 1907 to 1913. He was governor of Puerto Rico from 1913 to 1921. He established an insular agricultural board, improved the school system, established juvenile courts, sold public lands to laborers, introduced workmen's compensation acts, and extended sanitary services. He oversaw the implementation of the act of 1917 granting U.S. citizenship to the people of Puerto Rico and providing for a new government of a bicameral legislature elected by the voters. He retired in 1921. Died December 24, 1941, in Louisville, Kentucky. References: NCAB 32:18; NYT, December 25, 1941; and WWWA.

YANCEY, BENJAMIN C(UDWORTH) ( 1817-1891). Lawyer and diplomat, born April 27, 1817, in Charleston, South Carolina. Yancey graduated from the University of Georgia and Yale Law School. He practiced law in Alabama from 1837 to 1840 and was master of chancery from 1838 to 1840. He then practiced in Hamburg, South Carolina, from 1841 to 1851, was a member of the state legislature and, later, a member of the state senate from 1855 to 1858. He was U.S. minister to Argentina in 1858-1859. When the president of the Argentina Confederation issued a proclamation decreeing the death penalty to all captains of foreign ships who took their ships into the port of Buenos Aires and then landed at any part of the government of Argentina, he called on the naval force of the United States to resist the decree. He was selected by the contending powers to arbitrate their differences. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was president of the Georgia State Agricultural Society from 1867 to 1871 and served in the state legislature in 1878-1879. Died October

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The United States in Latin America: A Historical Dictionary
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Notes viii
  • Abbreviations xi
  • Place Names xv
  • Chronology xvii
  • Introduction xxi
  • A 1
  • B 13
  • C 53
  • D 83
  • E 101
  • F 109
  • G 125
  • H 145
  • I 175
  • J 181
  • K 191
  • L 199
  • M 215
  • N 247
  • O 255
  • P 263
  • R 289
  • S 311
  • T 349
  • U 367
  • V 369
  • W 375
  • Y 401
  • Z 403
  • Chiefs of American Diplomatic Missions in Latin America, 1823-1990 405
  • List of Individuals by Profession And Occupation 423
  • Bibliographical Essay 441
  • Index 451
  • About the Author 473
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