Alejandro Galvis Galvis

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Alejandro Galvis Galvis
Colombia Ambassador to Spain
In office
16 October 1969 – 14 October 1970
President Carlos Lleras Restrepo
Preceded by Guillermo León Valencia Muñóz
Succeeded by Carlos Augusto Noriega
Colombian Minister of War
In office
7 August 1942 – 12 March 1943
President Alfonso López Pumarejo
Preceded by Gonzalo Restrepo Jaramillo
Succeeded by Ramón Santodomingo Vila
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Colombia to Mexico
In office
18 August 1936 – 1938
President Alfonso López Pumarejo
Preceded by Fabio Lozano Torrijos
Succeeded by Office abolished
37th Governor of Santander
In office
4 September 1930 – 1 May 1931
President Enrique Olaya Herrera
Preceded by Alfredo García Cadena
Succeeded by Eduardo Santos Montejo
Personal details
Born (1891-02-12)February 12, 1891
Curití, Santander, Colombia
Died June 17, 1981(1981-06-17) (aged 90)
Nationality Colombian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Tina Baroni Montero (1938-1938)
Alicia Ramírez Navas (1941-1981)
Children Tina Galvis Baroni
Hortensia Galvis Ramírez
Alejandro Galvis Ramírez
Silvia Galvis Ramírez
Virgilio Galvis Ramírez
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Galvis and the second or maternal family name is Galvis.

Alejandro Galvis Galvis (13 February 1891 – 17 June 1981) was a Colombian publisher and politician.

He graduated the law school of the Universidad Republicana de Bogotá. From 1914 on he worked as journalist for the newspapers Juventud Liberal and El Progreso. In 1919 he founded the newspaper Vanguardia Liberal which is the leading newspaper of the Santander region of Colombia.

Besides his interest as publisher he dedicated his work to politics. He served Colombia as president of the house of representatives, president of the senate, governor of the Department of Santander in 1931 and 1932 and as secretary of defense from 1942 to 1943. Apart from these activities he was ambassador of Colombia in Mexico, Venezuela and Spain.


He was designated Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Colombia to the United States of Mexico on 11 March 1936 by President Alfonso López Pumarejo. He arrived in Mexico City on 20 June of the same year to assume his official duties replacing Fabio Lozano Torrijos, and officially presented his letters of credence later that year to the President of Mexico, Lázaro Cárdenas del Río on 18 August.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born on 13 February 1891 in Curití, Santander, he was the youngest child of Jesús Galvis Arena and Hortencia Galvis Galvis, his siblings were Guillermo, Rodolfo and Leopoldo, and shortly after his birth, his mother died of cancer.[2] While serving as diplomat in Mexico he met Tina Galvis Baroni, a Cuban lady of Italian descent whom he married on March 1938 in Mexico City, but who died later that year on 7 December 1938 after giving birth to their daughter Tina. Back in Colombia, he married Alicia Ramírez Navas on 18 January 1941 in Curití, and with whom he had four children, Hortensia, Alejandro, Silvia, and Virgilio.


  1. ^ Memoria de relaciones exteriores [Memoirs of Foreign Affairs] (in Spanish). Bogotá: Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 1937. p. 87. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  2. ^ Galvis Galvis, Alejandro. Memorias de un político centenarista Vol 1 [Memoirs of a Centenarian Politician] (in Spanish). Bucaramanga. p. 8. OCLC 2196448. 

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