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Warner P. Sutton and American-Mexican Border Trade
months. He even hoped to become minister to Mexico or Spain but appar-
ently did not have sufficient political credentials. When Cleveland returned
to office in 1893, Bayard was not on hand to defend him, and Sutton re-
ceived a curt note informing him that Joseph G. Donnelly had been ap-
pointed in his place. Without complaining, Sutton received Donnelly cour-
teously, got him started in his new duties, and took his own family back to
Michigan. On at least two later occasions he tried to obtain appointment
to minor positions in the Latin American section of the State Department
but without success. He died at Madison, Ohio, on May 3o, 191 3.4
If Sutton followed Mexican affairs to his death, he lived long enough to
see the beginning of the great social revolution brought on, in part, by many
of the economic changes which he furthered while consul on the Rio
Grande. His writings showed no premonitions of social tumult to come;
but few Americans in the early i89os were any more foresighted. Like most
other economic expansionists of the late nineteenth century, Sutton thought
little about the eventual effects of this expansion; it was enough for him to
push toward the immediate goals of trade and investment and to concern
himself with the means for reaching these goals.
Mexico, 1870-191o, and Its Effect on American Investments," Journal of Economic
History, XVIII (March, 1958), 33-55. Sutton's reports appear in Consular Reports,
Series No. 2877, Report No. 122 (November, 1890), 541-543; and ibid., Series No. 3155,
Report No. 152 (May, 1893), 80-89.
43Sutton to President of the United States, March 5, 1885; Sutton to E. W. Halford
(Indianapolis), November 30, 1888, United States, Department of State, "Applications
and Recommendations for Public Office," Cleveland Administration, Box 148, RG 69,
NA; Sutton to President of the United States, March 6, 1893; Sutton to Venezuelan
Boundary Commission, January 4, 1896; Sutton to Richard Olney, March 3, 1896,
Harrison-Cleveland Administration, Box 171, ibid.; Edward H. Stroebel to Sutton, June
28, 1893, No. 243, United States, Department of State, Consular Instructions, CXLII,
284, RG 69, NA; Sutton to Walter Q. Gresham, July 6, 1893, CD, Nuevo Laredo, VII,
No. 543; Typed history of Nuevo Laredo consulate, September 27, 1941; United States,
Department of State, Consular Shipping Lists file, Nuevo Laredo folder, RG 69, NA.
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