Carlos Lemos Simmonds

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Carlos Apolinar Lemos Simmonds
6th Vice President of Colombia
In office
September 19, 1997 – August 7, 1998
President Ernesto Samper Pizano
Preceded by Humberto de la Calle Lombana
Succeeded by Gustavo Bell Lemus
24th Colombia Ambassador to United Kingdom
In office
15 November 1995 – 1997
President Ernesto Samper Pizano
Preceded by Noemí Sanín Posada
Succeeded by Humberto de la Calle Lombana
Colombia Ambassador to Austria
In office
President Ernesto Samper Pizano
Preceded by Alfonso Gómez Méndez
Minister of Government of Colombia
In office
President Virgilio Barco Vargas
Preceded by Orlando Vásquez Velásquez
Succeeded by Horacio Serpa Uribe
33rd Minister of Communications of Colombia
President Virgilio Barco Vargas
Preceded by Pedro Martín Leyes
Succeeded by Enrique Daníes Rincones
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia
In office
March 12, 1981 – August 7, 1982
President Julio César Turbay Ayala
Preceded by Diego Uribe Vargas
Succeeded by Rodrigo Hernán Lloreda Caicedo
Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia
In office
20 July 1974 (1974-07-20) – 20 July 1978 (1978-07-20)
Constituency Cauca Department
Personal details
Born (1933-10-23)23 October 1933
Popayán, Cauca, Colombia
Died 30 July 2003(2003-07-30) (aged 69)
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Political party Liberal
  • María Victoria Perez y Soto Bohorquez
  • Martha Blanco Guauque (1985–2003)
  • María Eugenia Lemos Pérez y Soto
  • Carlos José Lemos Pérez y Soto
  • María Victoria Lemos Pérez y Soto
  • Adriana Lemos Pérez y Soto
Alma mater University of Cauca
Profession Lawyer

Carlos Apolinar Lemos Simmonds (October 23, 1933 – July 30, 2003) was the 6th Vice President of Colombia.

Political career[edit]

After graduating Lemos worked as a Municipal Judge in the town of Piendamó, Cauca. He later transferred to Bogotá where he was elected councilman in the early 1970s for three consecutive terms. He then ran for the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia. During the government of President Julio César Turbay Lemos was appointed as Secretary General of the Presidency of Colombia. In the same administration he was promoted to minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after that he was shifted to different ministries, Ministry of Government, Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications (Colombia).

Lemos served later as Ambassador of Colombia to the Organization of American States (OAS), drafter of the Colombian Constitution of 1991, Ambassador of Colombia to Austria, Ambassador of Colombia to Great Britain, senator, vice president and president of Colombia temporarily.

As a member of the Colombian Foreign Affairs Commission he contributed towards resolving the dispute over San Andrés y Providencia Islands in the Caribbean sea between Colombia and Nicaragua for territorial waters. He also negotiated the peace process with the M-19 guerrilla.

Personal life[edit]

Carlos Apolinar was born on 23 October 1933 in Popayán, Cauca to Antonio José Lemos Guzmán and María Antonia Simmonds Pardo. He married María Victoria Perez y Soto Bohorquez, with whom he had four children: María Eugenia, Carlos José, María Victoria, and Adriana. He later divorced Perez y Soto, and in 1985 married Martha Blanco Guauque.

Lemos died on 30 July 2003 in Bogotá, D.C. after a fight with lung cancer. In accordance with his last will and testament, he was mourned and buried privately, and did not receive a state funeral as he would have been entitled.


Political offices
Preceded by
Humberto De la Calle Lombana
Vice President of Colombia
Succeeded by
Gustavo Adolfo Bell Lemus