Miguel García Granados
|Miguel Garcia Granados|
|President of Guatemala|
June 30th 1871 – June 4th 1873
|Preceded by||Vicente Cerna y Cerna|
|Succeeded by||Justo Rufino Barrios|
September 29, 1809|
Puerto de Santa María, Spain Spain
|Died||September 8, 1878
Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
|Political party||Liberal of Guatemala|
|Children||María García Granados y Saborío|
Miguel García Granados y Zavala (September 29, 1809 – September 8, 1878) was President of Guatemala from 29 June 1871 to 4 June 1873. He was an influential figure in the broad sweep of 19th century Guatemalan history.
García Granados was born in Puerto de Santa María, Spain, and, as a young adolescent, was brought to Central America. He was a member of a very wealthy family who had a profession of weapons. He visited several places at the age of twenty-three. The places included South America, the European continent, and the cities of New York and Philadelphia in the US. García Granados completed his schooling in London.
To Guatemalans, García Granados was known as a moderate liberal. He had compromised with Rafael Carrera, and always wanted to get along with Vicente Cerna, his successor. Failing to get along and known to be sympathetic with the revolt against the government, García Granados fled to exile and was supported by Guatemalan liberals. After going back to Guatemala, García Granados became the leader of the revolution against General Vicente Cerna, eventually becoming known as its philosopher. García Granados played a key part in the regime of Justo Rufino Barrios, the founder of "the army of 45 men". He served as a provisional president from 1871 to 1873 after the liberal victory of Guatemala City. Despite many difficulties, García Granados wanted to regularize the government by constructing a lawful regime. Following in 1872, the president invaded Honduras, where he decreed freedom of the press and expelled the Jesuits.
It seemed the complete aim of García Granados and his successor, Barrios, was to have as many liberal revolts as possible. During his presidency, García Granados created, by decree, the Guatemalan flag which remains almost identical to his version, produced in 1871. After García Granados stepped down, Barrios served as president until the mid-1870s.
After leaving office
García Granados retired from public and spent the rest of his day writing a number of articles for the Guatemalan magazines and newspapers; several accounts of the time when he was the leader of the liberal forces and when he was president; an essay about the monetary issue, two volumes with his Memoirs. All filled out with interesting historical data.
In 1877 arrived to Guatemala the great Cuban José Martí, who started teaching in the just founded Instituto Nacional Central para Varones and Escuela Normal para Varones. In those days, all the faculty of both high schools had very bright intellectuals, including Spaniard politician Valero Pujol, German engineer Edwin Rockstroh and Cuban poet José Joaquín Palma, who used to gather every night to have intellectual conversations. In one of those meeting, Martí met the brilliant and pretty lady María García Granados y Saborío, general García Granados daughter; in spite of being engaged to a Cuban lady, Martí started visiting the Garcia Granados residency, where he frequently played chess with the general and pay his respects to María. María fell in love with Martí, but he could not correspond her, and after a sudden trip to Mexico in early 1878, came back to Guatemala, already married. María tried to reach him, but he gave her a cold shoulder and left Guatemala for good after a few months. Just after a few weeks after his departure, María passed away, followed shortly after by her father. Years later, in 1891, Martí wrote a beautiful poem in her memory, named La Niña de Guatemala,[Nota 1] in which he implies that she died from love.
Garcia Granados died on September 8, de 1878; he was 69 years old. His wake was attended by cabinet members, Army officers, Senate members, the City Mayor and a lot of Guatemalans that were mourning the death of their former leader; we was laid to rest in the old San Juan de Dios Cemetery.[Nota 2] His admonition was pronounced by Doctor Lorenzo Montúfar y Rivera, a famous liberal professor and diplomat of the time.
In 1894, his remains were transferred to a new monument erected in his honor in the new General Cemetery.
- His portrait appears in the 10 Quetzales bank note.[Nota 3]
- Brother of Guatemalan writer María Josefa García Granados, who was also close friend and piano teacher of well known Guatemalan poet José Batres Montúfar.
- Rafael Carrera
- Vicente Cerna
- Justo Rufino Barrios
- María Josefa García Granados
- Alejandro M. Sinibaldi
- Manuel Lisandro Barillas
- José Martí
- Guatemalan Military Museum: Miguel García Granados Reviewed on August 7th 2014.
- Amerlinck, Teodoro. "Histoires des insignes du Guatemala". Flags and South Africa and the World. Proceedings of the XVIIth International Congress of Vexillology. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
- Jones, Christopher L. Guatemala: Past and Present. Russell & Russell, 1966
- Rosenthal, Mario. Guatemala: The story of an emergent Latin American Democracy. Twayne, 1962
- The Girl from Guatemala.
- That cemetery was where currently stands the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Guatemala City Center.
- Quetzal: Guatemalan currency.
President of Guatemala
Justo Rufino Barrios