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Dr. John Glover South, U.S. Minister to Panama
Posted by: Patricia South White (ID *****7998) Date: September 15, 2009 at 18:29:15
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Dr. John Glover South(1873-1940) of Frankfort, KY, Son of Col. Samuel South, Grandson of Jeremiah Weldon South, Great-Grandson of Samuel South, who married Christine Duncan Bradley. U.S. Minister to Panama, 1921-1930, appointed by President Warren G. Harding.
This typed information sheet was among the things of my Great Aunt, Dr. Lillian South Tye, passed down to my late father, The Reverend Robert William Fant South. I do not know the origin of the material. The first page is missing. This information refers to the Kuna Indian uprising in 1925.
“On the day the cabled consent was received, Dr. South arranged for aeroplanes and a battleship to be put at his disposal. He rushed to the Indian Territory where, aboard the ship, he conferred with the most powerful of the Indian chiefs. He then returned by plane to Panama City to confer with the President of Panama and his Cabinet.
The Panamanian officials agreed to all proposals made by the Minister and he immediately returned to the Indian Territory taking with him the Secretary of Foreign Relations of Panama.
Dr. South, the Minister, drew up a new treaty between the Indians and the Republic of Panama. Both parties signed the treaty (the Indians by making their cross marks). The war was quickly settled and the treaty is still in force. There have been no violations of this agreement.
The Republic of Panama was deeply grateful to Dr. South for this service which saved the government a great number of lives and a great amount of money, both of which it would have taken to put down this Indian rebellion and subdue these fierce Indian tribes who were firmly entrenched in the trackless, tropical jungle.
For this piece of arbitration Dr. South was warmly commended by the Secretary of State of the United States.
In 1930 Dr. South was transferred to the Republic of Portugal where he served until his resignation from the Diplomatic Service in 1933. Since 1933 he has been Head of the Registration and Staff Officer of the Kentucky Stated Board of Health.
Dr. South is a director of the Farmer’s Bank and Capital Trust Company of Frankfort and vice-president of several oil companies. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and was eligible to membership in the Sons of the Cincinnati. Having no son he relinquished his right to membership in the organization in favor of Lieutenant-Colonel Edgar E. Hume, the son of his eldest sister.”

Patricia South White


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