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The President of Mexico congratulates his Costa Rican homonym for winning the Presidential Election and ensures him the brotherhood between their countries

Manuscript Document Signed: "Lazaro Cardenas" and "Eduardo Hay" in black ink. 12¾x8½. Fully Translated in English: "Lazaro Cardenas, Constitutional President of the United Sates of Mexico. To Your Excellency, Lawyer Leon Cortes, Constitutional President of the Republic of Costa Rica. Big and Good Friend: I had the honor to receive your letter in which Your Excellency had the kindness to announce me that having been elected by the vote of your fellow citizens as Constitutional President of the Republic for the period 1936-1940, you have been elevated with the legal formalities on May 8. Offering Your Excellency my most cordial congratulation for the honor bestowed upon you by your fellow citizens I have the pleasure to manifest you that in correspondence to the same feelings that encourage to Your Excellency, my constant endeavor will be to fortify and narrow the links of peace and friendship that happily exist between the United States of Mexico and Costa Rica. I take this opportunity to express to Your Excellency my sincere vows for your personal happiness and for the growing prosperity of that country brother of us, together with the testimony of my high esteem for Your Excellency. Loyal and Good Friend. Lazaro Cardenas. The Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Eduardo Hay. Dated in National Palace of Mexico, January 12, 1937." Lázaro Cárdenas (1895-1970) served as President of Mexico from December 1, 1934 to November 30, 1940. At the age of 18, he joined a branch of the revolutionary army led by General Guillermo García Aragón and within a year he had risen to the rank of Captain. When the revolutionary forces split into opposing factions, he remained loyal to Venustiano Carranza, whose army triumphed in 1920. In that year Cárdenas was appointed General, the highest rank in the Mexican Army, and continued to participate in military campaigns until 1929. Even though his main contribution to Mexico was the Oil Expropiation in 1938 and the creation of PEMEX, he also improved the Agrarian Reform that the Mexican Revolution had initiated and distributed nearly twice as much land to peasants as had all of his predecessors combined. Lazaro Cardenas offered asylum in the country to refugees of the Spanish Civil War and helped the consolidation of the National Revolutionary Party. Eduardo T. Hay (1877-1941) was a Mexican engineer, general and politician. He was one of the founders of the Anti-reelection Party in 1909. He was Chief of Major State during Francisco I. Madero's first campaign and in the administration of Antonio I. Villarreal. He lost an eye and was made prisoner during the Battle of Casas Grandes. Due to the agreements between Emiliano Zapata and Ignacio I. Madero made in Cuautla on august 18, 1911, Hay was chosen to be provisional major of the state of Morelos, however, General Victoriano Huerta and the interim government of President de la Barra didn't respect the agreement so Eduardo Hay could never be a governor. He was one the most active participants in the Convention of Aguascalientes and also a member of the Congress of the Union from 1912 to 1914. During the government of President Lazaro Cardenas del Rio, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs and received the Cruz de Boyaca award in the rank of Grand Officer, from the government of Colombia. León Cortés (1882-1946) served as President of Costa Rica from May 8, 1936 to May 8, 1940. Normal mailing folds. Staple marks at left blank margin. Sealed. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: May 21, 1895 in Jiquilpan, Michoacán, Mexico
Died: October 19, 1970 in Mexico City, D.F., Mexico

Film Credits
1984 Lázaro Cárdenas (Other), 1984 Imagen viva de México (Other), 1946 Tomorrow's Mexico (Other), 1940 De Porfirio Díaz a Lazaro Cárdenas: 30 años de historia (in person)

Born: January 29, 1877 in Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Died: December 27, 1941 in Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

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