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DISTANT NEIGHBORS:  The U.S. and the Mexican Revolution

The Presidential Election, 1910 – the Científicos Candidate

Another group tentatively sought the presidency as well. The científicos or those in the government intent on modernizing Mexico and running it according to “scientific principles” had a different candidate in mind than either General Bernardo Reyes or Francisco Madero. They favored Minister of the Treasury José Yves Limantour, whose father had been a prominent moneylender and supplier to the government. Limantour had only become a Mexican citizen in 1879 and was generally looked upon as foreign. As Treasury Minister, he had been at the forefront of Mexico’s transformation into a more “modern” country. Because of all the deals he had negotiated, he had excellent contacts in many nations and spoke several languages fluently.

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Photograph of Limantour seated

José Yves Limantour
Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ggbain-05144 (digital file from original neg.)
Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

La elección presidencial de 1910 – el candidato de los Científicos

Otro grupo también tenía aspiraciones presidenciales. Los científicos, aquellos en el gobierno decididos a modernizar México y a gobernarlo de acuerdo a “principios científicos” tenían en mente como candidato a alguien diferente al general Bernardo Reyes o Francisco Madero. Ellos se inclinaban por el Ministro del Tesoro, José Yves Limantour, cuyo padre había sido un prominente prestamista y partidario del gobierno. Limantour había adquirido la ciudadanía Mexicana en 1879 y por lo general era considerado un extranjero. Como Ministro del Tesoro, Limantour había estado al frente de la transformación de México en un país “moderno.” Por todos los acuerdos comerciales que había negociado, tenía muy buenos contactos en muchos países y hablaba varios idiomas con fluidez.

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