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William Jennings Price

diplomat , Lawyer , professor

William Jennings Price, American lawyer, diplomat, university professor. Member American Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, American Society International Law (executive council 1931-1934), Sigma Chi (former Grand Praetor, 3d Province). Phi Beta Gamma (honorary).; member bar of Supreme Court of the United States President Kentucky Society, Washington, 1924-1927.

Background

Son of William Cicero and Martha Elizabeth (Graham) Price.

On August 15, 1931 he married Beatrice Detwiler.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, 1892 (class honors). A.M., Bachelor of Laws, 1895, Doctor of Laws, 1917. Doctor of Laws and Doctor Political Science, National Institute, Panama, 1917.

Career

Practiced law, Kentucky, and other states. County attorney Boyle County, Kentucky, 1901-1909. Master commissioner Boyle Circuit Court, Kentucky, 1910-1913.

Member of law faculty Central U., Danville, 7 years, Envoy Extraordinary anu Minister Plenipotentiary to Panama, August 20, 1913-December 28, 1921. Professor of law Georgetown University, 1922-1931. Counsel Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 1933-1944, Democratic presidential elector, Kentucky, 1900.

Alternate delegate at large, Kentucky, to Democratic National Convention, Denver, 1908. Negotiated and executed Lefevre-Price Convention, delimiting Panama Canal Zone and exchanging important lands and waters between the United States and Panama. Also formal vesting in the United States of complete control of all radio communications in Republican of Panama, passage of legislation and appointment of an American fiscal adviser for Panama, and of an American police adviser for Panama.

Made special reports for State Department upon presidential elections of 1916 and 1920, in Panama. Chairman Liberty Loan and War Chest drives in Panama, World War. Conducted negotiations resulting in Panama being first nation to declare allegiance with United States and her Allies after entrance of the United States into World War, and in declaration by Panama of war on Germany.

Appointed by President Coolidge one of two delegates representing United States at Pan-American Congress in Panama, 1926, Centennial Anniversary Congress, commemorating 1st Pan-American Congress held in western hemisphere, also appointed by governor to represent Kentucky at same Congress on account of intimate connection of Henry Clay with 1st Congress. Designated by legislature of Kentucky as delegate to represent state at unveiling and presentation of statue of Henry Clay to Republican of Venezuela at Caracas, 1930. Aide-de-camp on staff of governor of Kentucky with rank of colonel.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to legal and other mags. Attended sessions of Assembly of League of Nations, Geneva, 1931, followed by visits to leading countries around world, 1931-1932.

Membership

Member American Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, American Society International Law (executive council 1931-1934), Sigma Chi (former Grand Praetor, 3d Province). Phi Beta Gamma (honorary). Member bar of Supreme Court of the United States President Kentucky Society, Washington, 1924-1927.

Clubs: Cosmos (Washington).

Connections

father:
William Cicero

mother:
Martha Elizabeth (Graham)

wife:
Beatrice Detwiler