Benjamín Zeledón

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Benjamín Francisco Alexander
Portrait of Benjamín Zeledón in his youth.
Born(1879-10-04)October 4, 1879
La Concordia, Jinotega, Nicaragua
DiedOctober 4, 1912(1912-10-04) (aged 33)
Catarina, Masaya, Nicaragua
AllegianceNicaragua
Years of service1907 - 1912
RankGeneral
Battles/warsBattle of Namasigüe, Battle of Masaya
AwardsNational Hero of Nicaragua
General Benjamin Zeledon image in the Coyotepe Fortress historical marker

Benjamín Francisco Zeledón Rodríguez (October 4, 1879 – October 4, 1912) was a Nicaraguan lawyer, politician and soldier known under the posthumous title of National Hero of Nicaragua.

He was born on 4 October 1879 in Jinotega Department to Don Marcelino Zeledón Ugarte and Doña Maria Salomé Rodriguez. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Tegucigalpa, he returned to Nicaragua in 1900 and received a law degree in 1903. In 1905 he married Esther Ramírez Jerez. He was promoted to colonel on 9 Aug. 1907 after the Battle of Namasígüe.[1]

Liberal-Conservative Revolution 1912[edit]

He was one of the leaders of an uprising against President Adolfo Díaz. His rebel forces opened fire on American Marines and sailors at Masaya on September 19, 1912. After the surrender of General Luis Mena on September 23, Zeledón assumed the supreme command of the Revolution thus became Supreme Leader of the Government in rebellion. He was killed during the Battle of Coyotepe Hill, when United States Marines recaptured Fort Coyotepe and the city of Masaya from rebels. His body was carried on an oxcart by the Marines to be buried in Catarina. This image greatly impacted future Nicaraguan revolutionary Augusto César Sandino.

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Reference[edit]

  1. ^ Coyotepe Fortresss historical marker
Political offices
Preceded by
Luis Mena
President of Nicaragua (rebel)
23 September 1912 - 4 October 1912
Succeeded by
Emiliano Chamorro Vargas