|2nd President of the Dominican Republic|
September 8, 1848 – May 29, 1849
|Preceded by||Council of Secretaries of State|
|Succeeded by||Buenaventura Báez|
|General and Minister of War|
November 19, 1844 – August 4, 1848
January 14, 1808|
Baracoa, Guantánamo, Cuba
|Died||December 22, 1854
|Spouse(s)||María Francisca Ravelo de los Reyes (1835-18??)
Altagracia Pereyra Pérez de la Paz (1849-1854)
|Children||María del Carmen, Isabel Emilia, María de los Dolores, Manuel María and Manuel de Jesús.|
Manuel José Jimenes González (January 14, 1808 – December 22, 1854) was a Cuban born military figure and politician in the Dominican Republic. He served as the second President of the Dominican Republic from September 8, 1848 until May 29, 1849. Prior to that he served as the country's Minister of War and Marine Affairs.
Jimenes was born on January 14, 1808 in Baracoa, Guantanamo, Cuba to Juan Jimenes and Altagracia González, Dominican exiles in Cuba because of Toussaint L’Ouverture’s occupation of Santo Domingo and the subsequent wars in the context of the Napoleonic Wars.
During the nascent years of the Republic, Jimenes served as the country's Minister of War and Marine Matters under Pedro Santana. When Santana relinquished the Presidency on August 4, 1848, General Jimenes was elected the constitutional President. That same year Haitian forces under Emperor Soulouque, invaded the Dominican Republic. Jimenes was unable to halt the Haitian forces and was forced to call upon Santana for military assistance. Santana was able to defeat the Haitian military, yet as a result Santana regained control of the Republic by overthrowing Jimenes.
Jimenes married his first wife María Francisca Ravelo de los Reyes on August 19, 1835 in Santo Domingo. The couple had 5 children: María del Carmen, Isabel Emilia, María de los Dolores, Manuel María and Manuel de Jesús.
On May 21, 1849, after marrying his second wife Altagracia Pereyra Pérez, the couple had a son Juan Isidro Jimenes Pereyra, whom would later become President of the Dominican Republic.
He was known for being a cock-fighting enthusiast. On December 22, 1854, Jimenes died in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- Manuel Jimenes, prócer de la independencia - Page 336 José Antonio Jimenes Hernández - 2001 "Manuel José Jimenes González c.c. María Francisca Ravelo de los Reyes, hija de: Agustín Ravelo Hemández y María Facunda de los Reyes N úñez; nieta patema de: José Ravelo e Isabel Evangelista Hemández;"
- Carlos Larrazábal Blanco Familias dominicanas 1980 - Volume 4 - Page 119 "Manuel José Jimenes González, 26 años, propietario, alambiquero, estudiante Universitario 1820-21, c.c. Francisca Ravelo, 18 añes, h. de Agustín Ravelo (6/H6) y María Facunda de los Reyes, 19 de agosto de 1835."
- Historia de la literatura dominicana - Volume 4 - Page 122 Néstor Contín Aybar, Universidad Central del Este - 1986 "Pereyra, que fue Presidente de la República, y biznieto de Manuel José Jimenes González, que también lo fue. Muy joven aún se trasladó a Francia a emprender estudios de Medicina y allí se doctoró. A su regreso al país, dio clases de ..."
- González Hernández, Julio Amable (3 January 2009). "Descendencias Presidenciales: Los Jimenes" (in Spanish). Instituto Dominicano de Genealogía. Archived from the original on 8 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.