José Betancort (Angel Guerra): biographical note

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José Betancort
The life of Joseph Betancort Cabrera, better known by the pseudonym Angel Guerra
in the world of letters,should be considered under a threefold aspect: the man, the politician and writer, Betancort Jose Cabrera was born in Teguise (Lanzarote) on March 19, 1874. At age seven up to Liverpool and studied at the Theological Seminary of the Canary Islands and the Colegio de San Agustin. At sixteen, he published his first composition: The sources of the ideal, heroic romance that Alexandrine verses dedicated to his distinguished friend "Matilda". In late 1891 reissued another composition entitled A sheet from my album, this time dedicated to Dolores Lorenzo. His first article in prose appears in 1892, in a newspaper of Las Palmas called La Patria. In July 1894 he settled in the capital of Gran Canaria. That year visit to Benito Perez Galdos, person you idolized as a writer. His literary training, is carried in newspapers finiseculares the Canary Islands. Usually hidden under different pseudonyms name, Juan Backpack, Matthias, Tarshish, but in 1898 it has become very popular with War Angel, named after one of the characters galdosianos that outshine others and be the one who will definitely consecrate .
In the summer of 1900, on the pretext of studying Law and Philosophy at the Central University established in the capital of Spain and became part of the staff of El Heraldo de Madrid. His first mentor, his great teacher and best friend will be Benito Perez Galdos.
Subsequently it is adding to the drafting of important newspapers in Madrid, El Liberal, The Times, The Globe, The Fair, The Correspondence of Spain, Universal Journal, Modern Spain. In January 1908 he was appointed correspondent of The Correspondence of Spain in Paris. Frequents the treatment of Spanish residents there: Turina, Manuel de Falla and Bonafoux. Journey through Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, England ... In January 1910 he returned to Spain.
In July 1912 promulgating the Administrative Law Canary creation, among others, the district Lanzarote, from now on, you must choose their representative in Parliament. In December of that year, Betancort is elected MP for Cardiff, who will have representation eleven years followed until the dissolution of the House with the advent of the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera.
The May 25, 1925 he was appointed director of the Correspondence of Spain. A few days of fall the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera, appointed Director General of Prisons Betancort. In September 1930 the islands again, one last time, to inaugurate the monument to Benito Perez Galdos, the Cabildo Insular de Gran Canaria had commissioned Victorio Macho.
The April 14, 1931 was proclaimed the Second Spanish Republic. José Betancort is relieved of his post of Director General of Prisons and rejoins the journalistic life. In 1936 he was deeply affected by the conflagration pitting the Spanish. With the war politician in him has died and the writer only signs of life. Between 1936 and 1939 residing in France. José Betancort died in Madrid on November 18, 1950.

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