Alexander, Edward Porter (1835–1910)

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Alexander, Edward Porter (1835–1910)

Edward Porter Alexander (b. 26 May 1835; d. 28 April 1910), American diplomat. Following distinguished service as a Confederate artillery and engineering officer during the Civil War, Alexander successfully adapted to civilian life in business, railroading, and rice planting in Georgia and southern California. In 1897 President Grover Cleveland appointed him as arbitrator of the Costa Rica-Nicaragua boundary dispute under the terms of the Convention of San Salvador (27 March 1896). Alexander spent three years in Central America, mostly in San Juan del Norte (Greytown), Nicaragua, and rendered several decisions leading to a temporary agreement between the two states in 1900. Alexander's role in this affair reflected the rising U.S. presence in the diplomatic affairs of the isthmus.

See alsoUnited States-Latin American Relations .


Douglas Southall Freeman, "Edward Porter Alexander," in Dictionary of American Biography (1928), vol. 1, pp. 164-166.

Ralph Lee Woodward, Jr., "Las impresiones de un general de las fuerzas confederadas sobre Centroamérica en los años finales del siglo XIX," in Anuario de estudios centroamericanos 4 (1979): 39-66.

                        Ralph Lee Woodward Jr.

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