National Affairs: Messersmith to Mexico

The next U.S. Ambassador to Mexico will be one of the State Department's ablest, busiest career diplomats. For last week President Roosevelt chose George Strausser Messersmith, now Ambassador to Cuba, to succeed Josephus Daniels in Mexico City.

Thanks to the U.S.-Mexican agreement signed last fortnight (TIME, Dec. 1), the Mexican ambassadorship is more important than ever to the Good Neighbor Policy, the united hemisphere front against

Hitler. In both Washington and Mexico City, George Messersmith looked like the man to make the agreement work.

Brisk, skeptical, pedantic Mr. Messersmith was a school superintendent for 14 years before he entered the foreign service, then started...

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