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Dorticos Torrado, Osvaldo - President of Cuba from 1959 until 1976 (1919-1983) Dorticos was a Cuban politician and lawyer who opposed Fulgencio Batista and participated in the Civil Resistance Movement. After the success of the Revolution on January 1, 1959, Dorticós was appointed Minister of Revolutionary Laws by Fidel Castro and was instrumental in drafting revolutionary legislation such as the Agrarian Reform Act and the Fundamental Organic Law that supplanted the Constitution of 1940. Dorticós was appointed President of Cuba by the Council of Ministers on July 17, 1959. As President, he represented Cuba at the Summit of Non-Aligned Nations in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1961), and at the Summit of the Organization of American States in Punta del Este, Uruguay (1962). During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Dorticós gave a speech at the United Nations in which he announced that Cuba possessed nuclear weapons but did not want to use them. When Cuba's Constitution of 1976 was implemented, Fidel Castro became Head of State and Dorticós was named President of the National Bank and a member of the Council of State.

Typed letter signed "Osvaldo Dorticos Torrado" as president of Cuba, one page, 9¾ x 7¼", on official letterhead, in Spanish, Havana, Oct. 3, 1962. Headed "Year of Planification." To H.K. Thompson, Jr. of New York City, acknowledging receipt of Thompson's letter of August 28, in which he sent a copy of The Independent to Dorticos. Dortcios closes his letter with "Patria o Muerte / Venceremos [Homeland or Death / We Shall Overcome"], the iconic expression used by Fidel Castro at the end of his speeches. A second letter from Carlos Rafael Rodríguez, president of the National Institute of Agrarian Reform, also thanks Thompson for a copy of The Independent containing a copy of an article titled "The Right Wing." Estimate Value $300 - 500


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