Carlos Dávila

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Carlos Dávila
President of Government Junta of Chile
In office
June 16, 1932 – July 8, 1932
Preceded by Arturo Puga
Succeeded by Himself
Acting President of Chile
In office
July 8, 1932 – September 13, 1932
Preceded by Himself
Succeeded by Bartolomé Blanche
Secretary General of the Organization of American States
In office
1954 – October 19, 1955
Preceded by Alberto Lleras Camargo
Succeeded by José A. Mora
Personal details
Born Carlos Gregorio Dávila Espinoza
(1887-09-15)September 15, 1887
Los Ángeles, Chile
Died October 19, 1955(1955-10-19) (aged 68)
Washington D.C., United States
Political party Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Herminia Arrate

Carlos Gregorio Dávila Espinoza (September 15, 1887 - October 19, 1955), was a Chilean political figure, journalist, Chairman of Government Junta of Chile in 1932, and Secretary General of the Organization of American States from 1954 until his death in 1955.

Early life[edit]

Dávila was born in Los Ángeles, Chile to Luis Dávila and Emilia Espinoza. He graduated from the University of Santiago, Chile (then called School of Arts and Crafts) in 1907. In 1911, he entered Law School at the University of Chile, but dropped out three years later to work for newspaper “El Mercurio”, of Santiago. He left that paper in 1917 to establish “La Nación” of the same city, which he directed until 1927. In 1932, he founded the Chilean magazine, “Hoy”.

Political career[edit]

From 1927 to 1931, Dávila served as Chilean Ambassador to the United States. In 1929, he received an honorary LL.D. from Columbia University, and another the same year from the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, California.

Socialist Republic of Chile[edit]

In 1932 Dávila was a member of the Government Junta and for several months provisional President of Chile.

Life in USA[edit]

In 1933, Dávila was visiting Professor of International Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, under the auspices of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Later he came to the United States and was associated for many years with the Editors’ Press Service, and acted as correspondent for numerous important South American newspapers. In 1941 he received the Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia University for his distinguished journalistic contribution in the service of the Americas. A prolific writer, Dávila is the author of “We of the Americas”, published in 1949 and has contributed many analytical studies on politics and economics to leading American publications.

Dávila served on the Council of UNRRA from 1943 to 1946, and was Chilean Representative to the Inter-American Financial and Economic Advisory Committee in 1940. In the same year, he became the author of the “Dávila plan”, which created the Inter-American Development Commission. In 1946, he served as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Dávila’s first wife, Herminia Arrate de Dávila, died in Chile in 1941, and Dávila returned to the United States with their two daughters, Luz and Paz. In 1950, he remarried, this time to Frances Adams Moore of Massachusetts, a widow with a daughter, “Dolly”, by her first husband. Dávila died while serving as Secretary General of the OAS, in 1955.


Political offices
Preceded by
Arturo Puga
Provisional President of Chile
Succeeded by
Bartolomé Blanche
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Alberto Lleras Camargo
Secretary General of the
Organization of American States

Succeeded by
José A. Mora