From Wikipedia: Belisario Porras Barahona (28 November 1856, Las Tablas 28 August 1942, Panama City).
Panamanian journalist and politician. He served three terms as President of Panama soon after its independence from Colombia.
The Panama Canal was finished during his first term in office.

Image Sources: US Library of Congress

1914 - 2014 100th Anniversary Panama Canal
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