Federico Boyd

Federico Boyd Federico Boyd
1851-1924

Boyd was born in Panama City, Panama on September 24, 1851. He was the son of Archibaldo B. Boyd and Maria Lopez de Boyd. He was a businessman who became an active member of the Patriotic Revolutionary Junta that struggled to get Panama's independence from Colombia. He fought in favor of his country without thinking of the danger of the actions he undertook. He served in several positions: member of the Panama City Town Hall (1888); member of the Provisional Government Junta (1903); National Assembly senator (1910); head of state of Panama (1910); foreign relations minister (1911-1912); ambassador and minister in Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium; general consul; and business representative in Honduras and El Salvador.

His talent as public speaker brought him to represent Panama's interests before the Colombian Government. He presented a petition to obtain a delay on the negotiations with the French Government to build a Panama Canal. Later on, his intervention made possible a negotiation with the U.S. Government for the construction of an interoceanic canal through the Isthmus of Panama.

He worked with Pedro J. Sosa, Constantino Arosemena, and others for the construction of the following projects: La Plaza de Santa Ana, La Zahurda, and El Matadero..

He worked with Pedro J. Sosa, Constantino Arosemena, and others for the construction of the following projects: La Plaza de Santa Ana, La Zahurda, and El Matadero..

Boyd passed away in New York City on May 25, 1924. He is remembered as one of the founding fathers of Panama.