Francisco Ferrera

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Francisco Ferrera
General Francisco Ferrera.JPG
Head of State of Honduras
In office
Preceded byJoaquín Rivera
Succeeded byJoaquín Rivera
President of Honduras
In office
1 January 1841 – 31 December 1842
Vice PresidentCoronado Chávez
Preceded byFrancisco Zelaya y Ayes
Succeeded byCouncil of Ministers
President of Honduras
In office
23 February 1843 – 31 December 1844
Vice PresidentCoronado Chávez
Felipe Jáuregui
Preceded byCouncil of Ministers
Succeeded byCouncil of Ministers
Personal details
Cantarranas, Honduras
Died10 April 1851(1851-04-10) (aged 57)
Chalatenango, El Salvador
Political partyConservative Party
OccupationLawyer, Statesman

Francisco Ferrera (29 January 1794 – 10 April 1851) was a president of Honduras. He was born in San Juan de Flores, Honduras.

Ferrera joined the guerrerista campaigns of General Francisco Morazán and participated brilliantly in the battles of The Trinidad and Gualcho. In addition, he saw action in the pacification of Olancho. In March 1832, Ferrera faced Vicente Domínguez in Yoro and later in Sonaguera and Trujillo, defeating him in both opportunities. Due to his bravery on the battlefield, he was promoted by General Morazán.

In October 1838, Ferrera rebelled against the federalist government of General Morazán and fought to make Honduras a free state. On 5 April 1839, he was defeated by General Morazán in the battle of the Spirit Santo in El Salvador. After that humiliating defeat, Ferrera took refuge in Nicaragua.

He was Provisional Chief of State of Honduras (1833–1834) and Constitutional President (1841–1844).

"The Republic, after the dissolution of the Federation, was inaugurated under a Conservative régime. On [11 January] 1840, the Congress was installed with ceremonies more religious than political. Forty-four Te Deum masses were sung on that day, and President Ferrera was 'besmoked with incense in the cathedral.'"[1]

He was re-elected President in 1847, resigning that same year before taking office. Ferrera died in Chalatenango, El Salvador, on 10 April 1851.


  1. ^ J. Lloyd Mecham, Church and State in Latin America (University of North Carolina Press, 1966), p. 326