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The President of Panama known for his corrupt practices signed this typed letter dated in the year 1950, while he was serving in the executive office for the second time
Typed Letter Signed: “Arnulfo Arias as President of Panama. One page. 8½x10¾. On official letterhead. Panama. Dated May 15, 1950. To Eddie Sousa, Livermore, California. In Full: "I am enclosing herewith my autographed photograph [not included] as you requested in your letter of May first. As a medical man, I can assure you that your recovery depends more on your ownself that [sic] the surroundings or even on the medical staff of the Sanatorium. The control of your emotions and reactions and the dutifully [sic] compliance of the orders of your doctor and nurses, will certainly bring your health back. Wishing your prompt recovery, I am yours very truly,". Arnulfo Arias Madrid (1901-1988) served as President of Panama from 1940-1941, 1949-1951 and from October 1-11, 1968. All three of his tenures in the office were marked by corruption, eccentric policies, and military coups to end his term. His first term was perhaps most haphazard. After giving women the right to vote for the first time in the country's history, he sought to establish relations with Nazi Germany in the middle of WWII. He even offered to surrender sovereign territory to the European nation. During his second term, he created a secret police force and suspended the constitution before he was ousted. His third term, which lasted a mere 11 days, resulted in his exile. Despite his poor political record, he ran for President in 1984 and had a substantial lead at the age of 83. The controlling government manipulated the vote count to prevent the corrupt politician from winning the election. Before his political career took off, he studied medicine at Harvard University and became a doctor. Word "that" is struck out in same green ink as signature. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: August 15, 1901 in Penonomé, Coclé Province, Panama
Died: August 10, 1988 in Miami, Florida

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