Emilio Rabasa

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For the Mexican politician, diplomat and academician (1925–2008), see Emilio Óscar Rabasa.
Emilio Rabasa
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Governor of Chiapas
In office
Personal details
Born (1856-05-22)22 May 1856
Ocozocoautla, Chiapas, Mexico
Died 25 April 1930(1930-04-25) (aged 73)
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Occupation Writer, diplomat and politician

José Emilio Rabasa Estebanell (22 May 1856 — 25 April 1930) was a prominent 19th century Mexican writer, diplomat and liberal politician. He wrote extensively on Constitutional Law, served as Governor of Chiapas, as state congressman, chaired several Mexican Academies and co-founded El Universal; an influential newspaper in Mexico City.[1]

Rabasa wrote several novels under the pen name Sancho Polo.[2]

Rabasa, Augustin Rodriguez and Luis Eiguero departed Veracruz on May 10, 1914 aboard the German ship Kronprinzessin Cecilie to represent Victoriano Huerta's regime at the Niagara Falls conference mediating the dispute with the United States.[3] The delegation, along with support staff, arrived in Washington on May 16 where they were hosted by the State Department until departure for the conference on May 20, a change from May 18 in order to make time for the delegation's visit to Washington.[4] On May 18 the delegation had been empowered to offer Huerta's resignation if necessary and began work at Niagara Falls on May 20 under the auspices of mediators composed of officials of Argentina, Brazil and Chile.[4][5] An agreement resulted in the signing of a peace protocol on June 24, 1914.[6]

Selected works[edit]

  • La bola (1887)
  • La gran ciencia (1887)
  • El cuarto poder (1888)
  • Moneda falsa (1888)

Further reading[edit]

  • Charles A. Hale, Emilio Rabasa and the Survival of Porfirian Liberalism. Stanford: Stanford University Press 2008.
  • Norma Klahn. "Emilio Rabasa" in Encyclopedia of Mexico. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn 1997, pp. 1217-18.
  • Lorum H. Stratton, Emilio Rabasa: Life and Works. Lubbock TX: Texas Tech Press 1974.


  1. ^ "Emilio Rabasa". Encarta (in Spanish). Microsoft. 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  2. ^ "Rectores: Don Emilio Rabasa" (in Spanish). Escuela Libre de Derecho. Retrieved 2009-02-24. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "News Narrative—Week ending Tuesday May 12, 1914". The Public. 17. May 15, 1914. p. 464. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "News Narrative—Mexico and the United States". The Public. 17. May 22, 1914. p. 488. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "News Narrative—Mexico and the United States". The Public. 17. May 29, 1914. p. 513. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ "News Narrative—Mexico and the United States". The Public. 17. July 3, 1914. p. 634. Retrieved June 1, 2015.