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José Ignacio de Márquez

This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Márquez and the second or maternal family name is Barreto.
José Ignacio de Márquez Barreto
4th President of the Republic of the New Granada*
In office
March 10, 1832 – October 7, 1832
Preceded by José María Obando
Succeeded by Francisco de Paula Santander
6th President of the Republic of the New Granada
In office
April 1, 1837 – April 1, 1841
Preceded by Francisco de Paula Santander
Succeeded by Domingo Caycedo
Personal details
Born (1793-09-09)September 9, 1793
Ramiriquí, Boyacá
Died March 21, 1880(1880-03-21) (aged 86)
Bogotá, Cundinamarca
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) María Antonia del Castillo y Vargas Machuca
Religion Roman Catholic
*Vicepresident in charge of the country due to the absence of the President

José Ignacio de Márquez Barreto (7 September 1793 – 21 March 1880) was a Colombian statesman, lawyer and professor, who served as Vice President of Colombia under the presidency of Francisco de Paula Santander, and subsequently was elected President of the Republic of the New Granada for the presidential term of 1837 to 1841.[1]

Biographic data

Márquez was born in Ramiriquí, Boyacá and died in Bogotá, Cundinamarca at the age of 87.[2]

Early life

Márquez studied in the Colegio Mayor de San Bartolomé in Bogotá, where he studied jurisprudence and obtained his lawyer degree at age 20.[1]

Political career

In 1821, Márquez is elected as delegated to the Congress of Cucuta, and at age 27, he is elected as President of the congress. As such, he inaugurates and takes the oath of General Simón Bolívar as President of the Gran Colombia, and General Francisco de Paula Santander as Vice-President. Later, in the same capacity, he would take the oaths of General Tomás Cipriano de Mosquera and José Hilario López.[1]

In 1831, Márquez is appointed as Secretary of the Treasury by President Domingo Caycedo.[1]

The Presidency

Later, in 1832, Congress elects president and vice-president of Colombia. General Santander is chosen as president and Márquez as vice-president. As such, on March 10, 1832, during President Francisco de Paula Santander’s trip abroad, Márquez occupies the Presidency as interim president.[1]

His presidency was noted for its economic and educational reforms and for the War of the Supremes in Pasto, Nariño.


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