YNSFRAN, PABLO MAX
YNSFRÁN, PABLO MAX (1894–1972). Pablo Max Ynsfrán, professor and government official, was born in Asunción, Paraguay, on July 30, 1894, the son of Facundo D. and Francisca (Jiménez) Ynsfrán. After graduation in 1911 from the Colegio Nacional de Asunción, he entered the Escuela de Notariado of the law school of the Universidad Nacional of Paraguay and received the legal degree of Escribano Notario in 1918. Between 1918 and 1921 he served in the Paraguayan Ministry of Education. Subsequently Ynsfrán was professor of philosophy and Roman history in the Colegio Nacional de Asunción, professor of literature in the Escuela Normal, secretary to the Paraguayan delegation at the Fifth Pan American Conference in Santiago, Chile (1923), and a member of the Chamber of Deputies (national congress) of Paraguay from 1924 to 1928. He served as chargé d'affaires of the Paraguayan legation in Washington, D.C., from 1929 to 1933, and while there he attended the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University. In 1933 he returned to Paraguay to become president of the State Bank (Oficina de Cambios), where he continued until 1936. He was a member of the boundary commission of Paraguay from 1933 to 1936 and of the governing board of the Agricultural Bank of Paraguay in 1934–35; during this same period he was a member of the board of primary education of the Paraguayan government. From 1938 to 1940 he was counselor of the Paraguayan legation in Washington, D.C., and chargé d'affaires. He returned to Paraguay in 1940 and served as minister of economy, public works, and colonization; at that same time he was one of the editors of the United Press Association. Ynsfrán was exiled in 1940 by the dictator Gen. Higinio Morínigo and moved back to the United States.
In 1942 Ynsfrán moved to the University of Texas as a visiting lecturer in the department of Romance languages. He remained with the university until his retirement in 1963; he also taught government and economics courses. He was a member of the executive committee of the Institute of Latin American Studies from the time of its organization at the university in 1942. Ynsfrán translated several works into Spanish and wrote many articles that appeared in both North and South American scholarly journals. He was the author of Sobre latinismo (1927) and La expedición norteamericana contra el Paraguay, 1858–1859 (two volumes, 1954 and 1959); he edited and annotated The Epic of the Chaco: Marshal Estigarribia's Memoirs of the Chaco War, 1932–1935 (1950); and he compiled indexes to two important manuscript collections: Catálogo del archivo de don Lucas Alamán que se conserva en la Universidad de Texas, Austin (1954) and Catálogo de los manuscritos del archivo de don Valentín Gómez Farías obrantes en la Universidad de Texas, Colección Latinoamericana (1968). Ynsfrán married Carmen Gatti in Asunción, Paraguay, on December 22, 1924; they became parents of one son. Ynsfrán died in Temple, Texas, on May 7, 1972, and was buried in the Italian cemetery in Asunción, Paraguay.
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