Teodoro A. Dehesa Méndez

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Teodoro A. Dehesa Méndez
24th Governor of Veracruz
In office
December 1, 1892 – November 30, 1896
Preceded by Leandro M. Alcolea Sierra
25th Governor of Veracruz
In office
December 1, 1896 – November 30, 1900
26th Governor of Veracruz
In office
December 1, 1900 – November 30, 1904
27th Governor of Veracruz
In office
December 1, 1904 – November 30, 1908
28th Governor of Veracruz
In office
December 1, 1908 – May 1911
Succeeded by Emilio Léycegui
Personal details
Born (1848-10-01)October 1, 1848
Veracruz, Veracruz
Died September 25, 1936(1936-09-25) (aged 87)
Veracruz, Veracruz

Teodoro A. Dehesa Méndez (October 1, 1848 - September 25, 1936) was the Governor of the state of Veracruz in Mexico for five terms from 1892 to 1911.

Early years[edit]

Teodoro Dehesa was the son of Teodoro Dehesa y Bayona, an Aragonese pastry chef, and Antonia Méndez y Ruiz de Olivares, member of a wealthy family of Xalapa, Veracruz.

He studied his first letters at La Amiga, under supervision of Jacinta, Dolores and Carmen Torres. Later he studied at the Juan Rodríguez College. After his family moved to Xalapa, he finished his primary education at Francisco Ramos school and then joined Teodoro Kerlegand's Liceum.

Dehesa and the artist Diego Rivera[edit]

When the artist Diego Rivera was looking for a sponsor to allow him to travel to Europe to further his art career, he approached Governor Dehesa who agreed to sponsor him. A chapter in Diego Rivera's autobiography, My Art, My Life, is dedicated to Governor Dehesa and details how the opposition forces respected Dehesa and refused to attack the city in which he was staying. Diego Rivera also mentions his great respect for Teodoro Dehesa.

The Mexican Revolution[edit]

As a result of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, Teodoro Dehesa, his son, and Teodoro's brother, Francisco, were forced to flee Mexico. Teodoro Dehesa moved to Cuba and, at some point, returned to Mexico, where he later died in 1936. Descendants of Teodoro Dehesa still live in Mexico. It is unknown what happened to Francisco Dehesa, but his wife and children moved to California, where their descendants still live.


  • Rivera, Diego. My Life, My Art. Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1991.
Preceded by
Leandro M. Alcolea Sierra
Governor of Veracruz
1892 - 1911
Succeeded by
Emilio Léycegui