William Pawley

About William Pawley

Who is it?: Actor
Birth Day: September 07, 1896
Birth Place:  Kansas City, Missouri, United States
President: Harry S. Truman
Preceded by: Adolf A. Berle, Jr.
Succeeded by: Herschel V. Johnson
Political party: Republican
Spouse(s): Annie Hahr Dobbs (m. 1919; div. 1941) Edna Pawley
Education: Gordon Military Academy
Profession: Entrepreneur

William Pawley

William Pawley was born on September 07, 1896 in  Kansas City, Missouri, United States, is Actor. William Pawley was born on July 21, 1905 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for Robbers' Roost (1932), The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and Gabriel Over the White House (1933). He died on June 15, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA.
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As per our current Database, William Pawley has been died on January 7, 1977(1977-01-07) (aged 80)\nMiami Beach, Florida.

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Occupation Actor
Age 80 years old
Zodiac Sign Leo
Born September 07, 1896 ( Kansas City, Missouri, United States)
Birthday September 07
Town/City  Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Nationality United States

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William Pawley’s zodiac sign is Leo. According to astrologers, people born under the sign of Leo are natural born leaders. They are dramatic, creative, self-confident, dominant and extremely difficult to resist, able to achieve anything they want to in any area of life they commit to. There is a specific strength to a Leo and their "king of the jungle" status. Leo often has many friends for they are generous and loyal. Self-confident and attractive, this is a Sun sign capable of uniting different groups of people and leading them as one towards a shared cause, and their healthy sense of humor makes collaboration with other people even easier.

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William Pawley was born in the Year of the Monkey. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Monkey thrive on having fun. They’re energetic, upbeat, and good at listening but lack self-control. They like being active and stimulated and enjoy pleasing self before pleasing others. They’re heart-breakers, not good at long-term relationships, morals are weak. Compatible with Rat or Dragon.

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William Douglas Pawley was born in Florence, South Carolina on September 7, 1896. His father was a wealthy businessman based in Cuba, and young Pawley attended private schools in both Havana and Santiago. He later returned to the United States, where he studied at the Gordon Military Academy in Georgia.


On July 25, 1919, Pawley married Annie Hahr Dobbs of Marietta, Georgia. In 1925, the couple moved to Miami and then to Havana, Cuba, in 1928. They returned with their three children to Miami, where their youngest child was born. The Pawleys then moved to Shanghai, China, with the baby, leaving their other children in Miami Beach with family. Mrs. Pawley lived in China until 1938 with periodic trips back to Miami. They were divorced in 1941.


In 1927, Pawley began a connection with Curtiss-Wright that would make him an extremely wealthy man. In 1928, he returned to Cuba to become President of Nacional Cubana de Aviación Curtiss, which was sold to Pan American Airlines in 1932. He then became President of Intercontinent Corporation in New York, evidently founded by Clement Keys, the former President of Curtiss. In 1933 he moved to China, where he became President of China National Aviation Corporation an airline running between Hong Kong and Shanghai. Pawley finally sold out to Pan Am again. He later assembled aircraft in partnership with the Chinese Nationalist government under the corporate name of Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company in Hangzhou, Wuhan, and finally Loiwing on the China-Burma border. (CAMCO was owned in partnership with the Chinese government, with the Pawley family interest represented by Intercontinent, which now served as a Pawley family holding company.)


In 1940, Hindustan Aircraft Limited was set up in India with Pawley providing the initial organization.


In 1941, with his brothers Edward and Eugene, he was involved with the organization and support of the 1st American Volunteer Group, popularly known as the Flying Tigers. The brothers established an assembly plant at Mingaladon airport outside Rangoon, Burma, where the AVG's Curtiss P-40 fighter aircraft were assembled, while an Intercontinent office in Rangoon (now Yangon) provided payroll and other housekeeping services to the group while it trained upcountry at Toungoo. Later, when Allied forces were driven out of lower Burma by the Japanese, the CAMCO factory and airfield across the border in Loiwing, China, served as a base for the AVG. When Loiwing in turn was captured by Japan in May 1942, Pawley moved his operation to India as a partner in Hindustan Aircraft Limited.


Pawley was appointed as U.S. Ambassador by Harry Truman to Peru in 1945. He was named U.S. Ambassador to Brazil in 1948.


Postwar, Pawley was an active member of the Republican Party. A close friend of both President Dwight Eisenhower and Central Intelligence Agency Director Allen W. Dulles, he took part in a policy that later become known as Executive Action, a plan to remove unfriendly foreign Leaders from power. Pawley played a role Operation PBSUCCESS, a CIA plot to overthrow the Guatemalan government of Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 after Arbenz introduced reforms affecting the United Fruit Company. Pawley is thought to have served in Peru, Brazil, Panama, Guatemala, Cuba and Nicaragua between 1945 and 1960.


His final residence was in Miami Beach, Florida, where he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, in January 1977, because he suffered from a severe case of the very painful disease - shingles.

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