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Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada

Sebastián Lerdo de TejadaBorn: 25-Apr-1827
Birthplace: Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Died: 21-Apr-1889
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Panteón Civil de Dólores, Mexico City, Mexico

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Occupation: Head of State

Nationality: Mexico
Executive summary: President of Mexico, 1872-76

President of Mexico, born at Jalapa on the 25th of April 1825. He was educated as a lawyer and became a member of the supreme court. He became known as a liberal leader and a supporter of President Benito Juárez. He was minister of foreign affairs for three months in 1857, and became president of the Chamber of Deputies in 1861. During the French intervention and the reign of the emperor Maximilian he continued loyal to the patriotic party, and had an active share in conducting the national resistance. He was minister of foreign affairs to President Juárez, and he showed an implacable resolution in carrying out the execution of Maximilian at Quérétaro. When Juárez died in 1872 Lerdo succeeded him in office in the midst of a confused civil war. He achieved some success in pacifying the country and began the construction of railways. He was reelected on the 24th of July 1876, but was expelled in January of the following year by Porfirio Díaz. He had made himself unpopular by the means he took to secure his reelection and by his disposition to limit state rights in favor of a strongly centralized government. He fled to the United States and died in obscurity at New York in 1889.

Brother: Miguel Lerdo de Tejada (politician)

    President of Mexico (1872-76)
    Mexican Minister Foreign (1857)


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