Manuel Tello Baurraud

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Manuel Tello Baurraud
Chamizal convention 1963 Mann Tello.jpg
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Thomas C. Mann (left) and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Manuel Tello Baurraud (right) sign the Chamizal Convention in Mexico City on 29 August 1963.
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
In office
President Miguel Alemán Valdés
Preceded by Jaime Torres Bodet
Succeeded by Luis Padilla Nervo
In office
President Adolfo López Mateos
Preceded by Luis Padilla Nervo
Succeeded by José Gorostiza
Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
In office
1 December 1952 – 25 November 1958[1]
President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines
Preceded by Rafael de la Colina[1]
Succeeded by Antonio Carrillo Flores[1]
Personal details
Born (1898-11-01)1 November 1898
Zacatecas, Zacatecas[2]
Died 27 November 1971(1971-11-27) (aged 73)[2]
Mexico City
Nationality Mexican
Political party Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)
Spouse(s) Guadalupe Macías [2]
Children Manuel Tello Macías, Carlos Tello Macías [2]
Profession Diplomat

Manuel Tello Baurraud (1 November 1898 – 27 November 1971) was a Mexican diplomat who represented his country at the League of Nations (1938–1941) and served twice as Secretary of Foreign Affairs; first in the cabinet of President Miguel Alemán Valdés (1951–52) and years later in the cabinet of Adolfo López Mateos (1958–64).[2] In the interim, he served as ambassador of Mexico to the United States (1952–58).[1]

Tello was born in Zacatecas, Zacatecas on 1 November 1898. There, he completed his basic studies at the Christian Brothers School and at the Instituto Científico. He moved to Mexico City to enroll at the National Preparatory School and took some courses leading to a bachelor's degree in law at both Escuela Libre de Derecho and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) without getting a degree.[2]

He joined the foreign service in 1923, first serving as vice-consul in Brownsville (1924) and Laredo, Texas (1925); and later as consul in Antwerp (1925–1927), Berlin and Hamburg (1927–1929) and Yokohama (1930–1933). Next, he was appointed Mexican envoy to the League of Nations, first as an alternate delegate (1934–1937) and later as delegate from (1938-1941).[2]

Tello returned to Mexico in 1942 to hold several posts at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, rising through the ranks until he wadwas appointed Secretary by Peesident Miguel Alemán Valdés in 1951. During his tenure, he declined Mexico's involvement in the Korean War.[3] He left the post on 30 November 1952 to oversee the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C. by instructions of President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines and presented his credentials on 18 March 1953. He served until 25 November 1958,[1] when he returned to the Mexican capital to be reappointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs by President Adolfo López Mateos.[2]

During his second term, Tello signed the convention to end the Chamizal dispute on 29 August 1963 and thus settled an old border dispute between Mexico and the United States at El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.[4]

After leaving the cabinet, Tello was elected to the Mexican Senate for his native state of Zacatecas.[2] He died in Mexico City on 27 November 1971.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Mexican ambassadors to the United States" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores. April 2008. Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Camp, Roderic Ai (1995). Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-1993 (3rd ed.). University of Texas Press. p. 693. ISBN 9780292711815. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
  3. ^ "Manuel Tello Baurraud" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Chamizal Convention" (PDF). International Boundary and Water Commission. 29 August 1963. Retrieved 11 December 2009.