The American military governor during the 1906-1909 intervention, Charles Magoon, was another disappointment. As an administrator in Cuba, Magoon was a dispenser of patronage rather than an effective administrator. Cubans and Americans alike lined up for jobs and Magoon handed them out. He even created jobs for political cronies.
Construction projects were ordered from Washington. They included public works projects: sewage, paving, and an aqueduct. All were poorly financed and the contractors delivered shoddy products.
To his credit, Magoon ordered a study of Cuban legal systems and instituted changes. He transferred selected powers to the Cuban Congress and established a civil service system mirroring the one employed in America.
Charles Magoon and Leonard Wood, a former military governor in Cuba, have often been compared. The Cubans revere Wood and regard Magoon with scorn. Interestingly, Wood was more of an authoritarian. Magoon only requested compliance. Wood was a military hero. Magoon was a military administrator, his previous experience having been in overseeing the operation of the Canal Zone in Panama. However, neither accomplished their goals in Cuba, of teaching to people how to rule themselves.