Moscoso, Teodoro

Moscoso, Teodoro

(1910–93) pharmacist, public official; born in Barcelona, Spain. He was an early ally of Luis Muñoz Marín and assisted in the foundation of the Popular Democratic Party (1938). He was best known for his work for economic reform in Puerto Rico, particularly the Fomento Económico (Operation Bootstrap), which he headed from 1942–60 and 1973–76. In 1961 President Kennedy first appointed him ambassador to Venezuela and then head of the Alliance for Progress, which channeled U.S. aid to Latin America.
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