Dr. Carlos Dávila was born in Los Angeles, Chile, on September
15, 1887. He graduated from the University of Santiago de Chile in 1907. In
1929, he received an honorary LL.D. from Columbia University, and another in 1929 from the
University of Southern California, in Los Angeles.
Dr. Dávila began his newspaper career with El
Mercurio, of Santiago in 1914. 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.
From 1927 to 1931, Dr. Dávila served as Chilean Ambassador to
the United States, and in 1932 he was for several months provisional President of
Chile. 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, Dr. 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.
In 1933, Dr. Dávila was visiting Professor of International Law
at the University of North Carolina, under the auspices of the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace. He 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.
Dr. Dávilas first wife, seńora Herminia Arrate de
Dávila, died in Chile in 1941, and Dr. Dávila returned to the United States with their
two daughters, Luz and Paz. In 1950, he remarried, this time to Mrs. Frances Adams
Moore of Massachusetts, a widow with a daughter, Dolly, by her first husband.