Pedro Antonio Pimentel
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Pedro Antonio Pimentel y Chamorro (born 1830 - died Quartier-Morin, 1874) was a Dominican military figure and politician. He served as the 9th president of the Dominican Republic from March 25, 1865 until August 4 of that year. He also served as governor of Santiago de los Caballeros, Minister of War, and as a deputy of the Congress of the Dominican Republic. He was born to father Jacinto Pimentel and mother Juana Chamorro. He died sick and without any money in Quartier-Morin, Haiti in 1874.
His public life commenced in Capotillo. He was a cattle farmer and had a significant fortune. He held several public appointments, ranging from army posts to President of the Republic. He was imprisoned in 1863 next to Lucas Evangelista and several others on the failed revolutionary attempt against Spanish annexation. He escaped from jail and sought refuge in Haiti. After the proclamation of Capotillo he immediately joined the military aspect of the revolution. He was later promoted to Chief General of the Eastern Forces, and subsequently moved to the Northwest Line as Chief Delegate of Operations in that region. He was named governor of Santiago on the 10th February 1864, after which he immediately set out to fight in Puerto Plata, to the aid of Gaspar Polanco at the time chasing retreating Spanish troops towards that sea port. In January 1865 he was made Minister of War and chosen as representative for Santiago at the National Assembly that was meeting in revolutionary-held territory.
President of The Dominican Republic
He was chosen President of the Dominican Republic on the 25th of March 1865. One of his first commands was the designation of a war council to try Gaspar Polanco (ex President) and his cabinet. The Restoration War ended during his mandate.
- Antonio Pimentel Biography at the Enciclopedia Virtual Dominicana
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