Spruille Braden
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1894
Date of Death: 1978
Cause of Death: Lyme disease
Occupation: Business owner, diplomat, mining engineer
Spouse: Maria Humeres Solar (d. 1962)
Verbena Williams Hebbard
Children: Five
Political Office(s): U.S. ambassador to Cuba
Fictional Appearances:
"Cayos in the Stream"
POD: c. July, 1942
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference (unnamed)
Political Office(s): U.S. ambassador to Cuba

Spruille Braden (March 13, 1894 – January 10, 1978) was an American diplomat, businessman, lobbyist, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as the ambassador of various Latin American countries, and as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He is notable for his interventionist activities. His lobbying in Argentina against Juan Perón in 1946 ironically probably helped Perón win the presidency. More dramatically, Braden conceived what became the 1954 military coup in Guatemala.

Spruille Braden in "Cayos in the Stream"[]

Spruille Braden was the U.S. ambassador to Cuba in 1942. Author Ernest Hemingway had Braden's ear. In June 1942, Hemingway was able to secure Braden's support for Hemingway's scheme to patrol the Caribbean for German U-boats in his fishing boat, the Pilar. To this end, Braden provided Hemingway with necessary equipment, and eventually Hemingway did find and sink a U-boat.

Literary comment[]

Braden isn't named, but there's no reason to think someone else was Ambassador.

Political offices
Preceded by
Nelson Rockefeller
Assistant Secretary of State for American Republic Affairs
October 29, 1945 – June 27, 1947
Succeeded by
Edward G. Miller, Jr.
Preceded by
William Dawson
United States Ambassador to Colombia
1939 – 1942
Succeeded by
Arthur Bliss Lane
Preceded by
George S. Messersmith
United States Ambassador to Cuba
1942 – 1945
Succeeded by
R. Henry Norweb
Preceded by
Norman Armour
United States Ambassador to Argentina
Succeeded by
George S. Messersmith