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Puig Casauranc, José Manuel (1888-1939)

    A writer and a journalist, Puig Casauranc was born in Carmen Campeche on January 13, 1888. At the age of 24 in 1912, he became a federal congressman. He was initially a follower of Venustiano Carranza. In 1924, he became a federal senator and then Secretary of Public Education at the end of Alvaro Obregón's presidency. In 1928, in the administration of Plutarco Elías Calles, he served as Secretary of Industry, Commerce and Labor and as head of the Department of the Federal District. In 1930 he was again Secretary of Public Education. The next year, he served on a commission to reorganize public administration. He was Ambassador to the United States in 1932 and Foreign Minister in 1933; he headed the Mexican delegation to the Pan American Conference in Montevideo, Uruguay that year. He was Ambassador to Argentina in 1935. He died in Havana, Cuba on May 9, 1939.
    He was the author of Cuentos Crueles, La  Cosecha y la Siembra, and Páginas viejas con ideas actuales.

Based on Juan López de Escalera, Diccionario Biográfico y de Historia de México. México, Editorial del Magisterio, 1964, pp. 887.

 Don Mabry