Eligio Ayala

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José Eligio Ayala
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30th President of Paraguay
In office
12 April 1923 – 17 March 1924
Vice President Manuel Burgos
Preceded by Eusebio Ayala
Succeeded by Luis Alberto Riart
In office
15 August 1924 – 15 August 1928
Preceded by Luis Alberto Riart
Succeeded by José Patricio Guggiari
Personal details
Born (1879-12-04)December 4, 1879
Died October 25, 1930(1930-10-25) (aged 50)
Nationality Paraguayan
Political party Liberal

José Eligio Ayala (December 4, 1879 – October 25, 1930) was President of Paraguay from 12 April 1923 to 17 March 1924 and again from 15 August 1924 until 15 August 1928. He was a member of the Liberal Party.

Jose Eligio Ayala was born in Mbuyapey in the department of Paraguarí on 4 December 1879, son of Spanish Mariano Sisa and Paraguayan Manuela de Jesus Ayala. He was twin brother of Emilio de Jesus Ayala and brother of Eliseo’s father, Juan Pablo, Juan Bautista and Manuel Sisa. He was the father of the son of Rosaura Abelardo Gonzalez and daughter Anastasia Candelaria Duplán.

His Life[edit]

The Ayala family owned a farm with some dairy, a pair of horses, hens, and pigs, and also had a small ranch where he grew some vegetables.

His primary studies were conducted in his hometown and continued in Paraguarí. In 1897 he joined the National College of Encarnación, where his uncle Jose del Rosario Ayala, director of that institution, financed his studies, as the Ayala family had limited economic resources. Culminating the third year, he moved to Asuncion to enter the National College Asuncion, where he finished high school, helped by a grant from the government.

By completing the baccalaureate, he obtained a position as classifier of official documents in the National Archives and joined the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, where he was president of the Students’ Council of this house of studies in 1903. He earned his doctorate degree in law and Social Science 22 December 1905. As he was studying, he was a professor of mathematics and story in secondary schools.

In 1911 he left from the port of Buenos Aires (his place of exile) to Europe to continue his studies philosophy economics aesthetics And philosophy law at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and Zurich Switzerland. Being in Berlin wrote his book "Agricultural Evolution in England" and "The Paraguay seen from Europe." At the end of March 1920, after visiting Spain, Portugal and then spent more time ashore in Argentina, returned to Paraguay.

His Government[edit]

Following the resignation of provisional president Eusebio Ayala, in the lawless years of the first half of the '20s, Eligio Ayala, who was appointed by Congress, assumed the provisional presidency of the Republic in April, 1923 initiating the pacification of the country after the revolution in 1921/22 and cleansing of public finances. On 3 February 1924, the Convention appointed him as Liberal candidate for the presidency of the Republic and to accompany him as vice president, he appointed Manuel Burgos, that would be the pair for elections that year.

On March 17, 1924, Ayala resigned from the provisional chairmanship noting: "I am grateful to V. Honorably the confidence to play a position of such serious responsibilities. I declare before V. Honorably that I have done so as not to defraud, in the midst of many and powerful contrarieties. “As a new Congress president he appointed doctor Luis. A. Riart.

Eligio Ayala was a candidate in presidential elections, and as he did not have adversaries in the election, he assumed ownership of the government of the Republic of Paraguay, on August 15, 1924.

During his second government, the country experienced the best increase of work, production, export and a substantial improvement in the economic and financial situation in the history of the country. They approved an agreement with the bondholders of loans from 1871–72,the autonomy to the National University was given; the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics was created; treaties were signed Diaz-Leon Gutierrez, with Bolivia, and Ibarra-Mangabeira, with Brazil, supplementary to the treaty of 1872. The archdiocese of the Asuncion was created. They settled in Sajonia the Dockyards War and Navy; created the School of Aspiring Reserve Officers; created a School of Agriculture, and before the impending conflict in Chaco the gunboats "Humaitá" and "Paraguay" were acquired, armaments, etc.. When assuming his successor, José P. Guggiari, 1928, Eligio Ayala resumed the Ministry of Finance. He was also author of some 14 books on various topics.

Works during his government[edit]

  • He adopted a Law on Establishment, Development and Conservation of small agricultural property.
  • He enacted a law on Accidents at work, in addition to other related to Pensions and Retirement.
  • Between 1924 and 1926 a considerable number of machines as plows, tractors, cultivators, seeders, etc. were brought.
  • The financial representative in London signed an agreement with bondholders on borrowings made by Paraguay from 1871.

Political Biography[edit]

One of his charges was the first judge in the Civil administration of justice. Previously he had served as prosecutor of crime and 1907 began his political career to run for deputy, and was elected the following year. He became member of the Nation by the Liberal Party in 1908. He was elected president of the Chamber of Deputies on April 22, 1910. But some political events took him to self exile to Argentina.

Eligio Ayala was killed in a crime of passion on 24 October 1930.[1]


  • Biographical Dictionary "Forgers OF PARAGUAY," First Edicción January 2000. Distributed editions of Quevedo. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Whigham, Thomas L. "Eligio Ayala" in Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, vol. 1, p. 246. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1996.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eusebio Ayala
President of Paraguay
Succeeded by
Luis Alberto Riart
Preceded by
Luis Alberto Riart
President of Paraguay
Succeeded by
José Patricio Guggiari
  1. ^ Thomas L. Whigham, "Eligio Ayala" in Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, vol. 1, p. 246. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1996.