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Cortina, Juan Nepomuceno (16 May 1824–30 October 1892), revolutionary, politician, Mexican governor, and rancher, was born in Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, the son of Trinidad Cortina, the town mayor and an important landowner, and María Estéfana Goseascochea. Little is known of Juan Cortina’s early life and education. Upon the death of his father in the early 1840s, his family moved to the Espíritu Santo grant, part of the area between the Nueces and Río Grande claimed by both Mexico and Texas and the future site of the city of Brownsville, Texas. This land belonged to Cortina’s mother. Cortina associated with ...

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Ware, Harold (19 August 1890–13 August 1935), Communist agrarian specialist, was born in Woodbury, New Jersey, the son of Lucien Bonaparte Ware, a secretary to the president of the Norfolk and Western Railroad, and his cousin, Ella Reeve ( Ella Reeve Bloor), who became a labor organizer and later a Communist functionary, commonly known as “Mother Bloor.” Ware spent a peripatetic youth, first following his father’s professional moves and, after his parents’ divorce, his mother’s organizing work. When Ware was fifteen he developed a temporary lung problem. He moved with his mother and younger siblings to the rural cooperative colony in Arden, Delaware. He became interested in gardening and soon had a small vegetable farm....