Darío Echandía

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Darío Echandía
2nd Colombia Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office
December 10, 1945 – August 20, 1946
President Alberto Lleras Camargo
Preceded by Jaime Jaramillo Arango
Succeeded by Domingo Esguerra Plata
Colombian Minister of Justice
In office
March 27, 1967 – April 19, 1968
President Carlos Lleras Restrepo
Preceded by Hernán Salamanca Medina
Succeeded by Fernando Hinestrosa Forero
Governor of Tolima
In office
Preceded by Manuel Antonio Coronado González
Succeeded by Rafael Parga Cortés
Minister of Government
In office
April 10, 1948 – May 21, 1949
President Mariano Ospina Pérez
Preceded by Eduardo Zuleta Ángel
Succeeded by Regulo Gaitan Patiño
In office
August 7, 1942 – October 8, 1943
President Alfonso López Pumarejo
Preceded by Luis Tamayo
Succeeded by Alberto Lleras Camargo
In office
August 13, 1934 – October 7, 1935
President Alfonso López Pumarejo
Preceded by Luis Cano
Succeeded by Alberto Lleras Camargo
Colombia Ambassador to Holy See
In office
President Carlos Lleras Restrepo
Preceded by José Antonio Montalvo Berbeo
Succeeded by Antonio Rocha Alvira
Colombia Ambassador to Holy See
In office
President Alfonso López Pumarejo (1937-1938)
Eduardo Santos (1938-1942)
Preceded by Enrique Olaya Herrera
Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
June 30, 1944 – February 12, 1945
President Alfonso López Pumarejo
Preceded by Carlos Lozano y Lozano
Succeeded by Alberto Lleras Camargo
Personal details
Born (1897-10-13)October 13, 1897
Chaparral, Tolima, Colombia
Died May 7, 1989(1989-05-07) (aged 91)
Ibagué, Tolima, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Emilia Arciniegas Castilla (1936-1973)
Alma mater Our Lady of the Rosary University
Profession Lawyer

Darío Echandía Olaya (October 13, 1897 – May 7, 1989)[1][2] was a lawyer and a Colombian political figure, a member of the Colombian Liberal Party. He was born on October 13, 1897 in Chaparral, Tolima, son of Vincente Enchandia and Carlota Olaya de E. The elder of seven brothers, he was educated at Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario and Colegio de Araujo (Bogota) receiving degrees of Attorney and Doctor in Law, 1917. He married Emilia Arciniegas, August 2, 1936. He died on May 7, 1989 in Ibagué, Tolima.

During his lifetime, Darío Echandía served as deputy for Tolima, senator for Tolima, president of the senate, magistrate in the Supreme Court of Justice, and in the ministries of Government, Education, Justice and Foreign Relations. He was also the Colombian ambassador to London and to the Holy See.

Darío Echandía was designated as acting president of Colombia on four different occasions: From 1943 to 1944 due to the temporary absence of Alfonso López Pumarejo, in 1944 due to a kidnapping attempt against Pumarejo, briefly in 1960, and briefly in 1967.

The Darío Echandía Library (Biblioteca Darío Echandía) in Ibagué was inaugurated in 1984 in his honor.