Jesús Jiménez Zamora

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Jesús Jiménez
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7th President of Costa Rica
In office
November 1, 1868 (1868-11-01) – April 27, 1870 (1870-04-27)
Preceded by José María Castro Madriz
Succeeded by Bruno Carranza Ramírez
5th President of Costa Rica
In office
May 8, 1863 (1863-05-08) – May 8, 1866 (1866-05-08)
Preceded by José María Montealegre Fernández
Succeeded by José María Castro Madriz
Personal details
Born (1823-06-18)June 18, 1823
Cartago, Costa Rica
Died February 12, 1897(1897-02-12) (aged 73)
Cartago, Costa Rica
Children Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno

Jesús María Ciriaco Jiménez Zamora was President of Costa Rica on two occasions: 1863 to 1866, and 1868 to 1870.

He was popularly elected in 1863, but dissolved Congress two months into his term of office. During his presidency he granted asylum to former Salvadoran President Gen. Gerardo Barrios, as a result of which the other four Central American governments broke off diplomatic relations with Costa Rica.

He passed on the presidency democratically to José María Castro Madriz at the end of his mandate in 1866, only to overthrow him in a coup d'état two years later and assume the office of president for a second time. This second mandate, in turn, came to an end in a coup on 27 April 1870.

Jesús Jiménez was the father of three-time President Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno.