Belisario Porras Barahona

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Belisario Porras Barahona
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President of Panama
In office
1 October 1912 – 1 October 1916
DeputyPresidential designates
Rodolfo Chiari
Ramón Maximiliano Valdés
Aristides Arjona
Ramón Maximiliano Valdés
Manuel Quintero
Ciro Urriola
Preceded byPablo Arosemena
Succeeded byRamón Maximiliano Valdés
In office
12 October 1918 – 30 January 1920
DeputyPresidential designates
Pedro Antonio Díaz
Ernesto Lefevre
Preceded byPedro Antonio Díaz
Succeeded byErnesto Lefevre
In office
1 October 1920 – 1 October 1924
DeputyPresidential designates
Federico Boyd
Guillermo Andreve
Julio Fábrega
Rodolfo Chiari
Ignacio Quinzada
Nicanor A. De Obarrio
Preceded byErnesto Lefevre
Succeeded byRodolfo Chiari
Personal details
BornRicardo Joaquín Alfaro Jované

Belisario Porras Barahona (28 November 1856, Las Tablas – 28 August 1942, Panama City). Panamanian journalist and politician. He served three terms as President of Panama between 1912 and 1924.

Porras was born on the thirty-fifth anniversary of Panama's declaration of independence from Spain. Raised by his grandmother, his early education was paid for by his father in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, which Panama was a province of at the time. He joined his father when he went to secondary school, went on to study law at the National University in 1874, and won a scholarship from the Colombian government to study in Belgium from where he later returned to the Panamanian

Working as a reporter, he aligned himself with the local Colombian Liberal Party, and was soon the target of persecution by the reigning Conservative government in Bogotá. Exiled to Nicaragua and El Salvador, he took jobs as a professor and a reporter.

As the Thousand Days War began in Colombia, the Liberals in Panama sent for Porras to lead the invasion of the Isthmus in 1900. Working with General Victoriano Lorenzo and others, he began his struggle from Costa Rica in the West. He organized a volunteer army and reached the capital where he was defeated in the Battle of Calidonia Bridge. Porras returned to exile until 1904, after his homeland had acquired its independence, and became a diplomat until becoming president in 1912. The Panama Canal was finished during his first term in office.

He was elected as the first presidential designate by the National Assembly in September 1918.[1]

Belisario Porras Barahoma was born to Demetrio Porras Cavero and Juana Gumersinda Barahona. Belisario married twice. First, in 1881 he married Eva Paniza Arosemena and they had 5 children: Belisario Roberto, Demetrio, Camilo, María Teresa, Leticia Antonia. In 1906 he married Alicia Castro and had 4 children: Rodrigo, Hernán, Alicia y Álvaro. He also had children outside of both marriages: Demetrio Augusto, Silvia, Julieta y Emilia.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pablo Arosemena
President of Panama
1912–1916
Succeeded by
Ramón Maximiliano Valdés
Preceded by
Pedro Antonio Díaz
President of Panama
1918–1920
Succeeded by
Ernesto Lefevre
Preceded by
Ernesto Lefevre
President of Panama
1920–1924
Succeeded by
Rodolfo Chiari