Hermógenes López

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Hermógenes López
Hermogenes López.jpg
President of Venezuela
In office
8 August 1887 – 2 July 1888
Preceded byAntonio Guzmán Blanco
Succeeded byJuan Pablo Rojas
Personal details
Born(1830-04-19)19 April 1830
Naguanagua, Carabobo
Died17 December 1898(1898-12-17) (aged 68)
Valencia, Carabobo
Political partyLiberal Party

Hermógenes López (Naguanagua, Carabobo, 19 April 1830 – Valencia, Carabobo, 17 December 1898) was a Venezuelan soldier, farmer and acting president of his country between 1887 and 1888, after the resignation of General Antonio Guzmán Blanco as cause of his voluntary exile in Paris.

There is no such information about his childhood, only that was limited to elementary education and farm work. From the arrival of José Tadeo Monagas and José Gregorio Monagas to the presidency (1848–1858), enters to the military activity, being part of the revolutions and battles of this decades, after that returned to his life as farmer. López became military leader of Nirgua in 1858, and participated in the 1862 campaign of Carabobo, that overthrew its head of government, General Marcos López.

López, was the head of Carabobo state after an electoral fight against General Gregorio Cedeño (May 1881). He also served as president (governor) of Yaracuy state. Assumed the presidency of Venezuela on 8 August 1887, because of the retirement of Guzmán Blanco, presiding a transition period, which concluded on 2 July 1888, when Juan Pablo Rojas Paul assumed the presidency.

Hermógenes López's provisional government enjoyed the active cooperation of the Liberal Party and the society. During his term in office, inaugurated the railroad between Puerto Cabello and Valencia and an underwater cable with Europe (February 1888). In April 1888, the remains of General José Antonio Páez were returned to Venezuela. This act was carried out against the will of Guzmán Blanco, who considered Paéz as an oligarch.

Hermógenes López died in 1898.

Hermógenes López cabinet (1887-1888)[edit]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Antonio Guzmán Blanco
President of Venezuela
1887 – 1888
Succeeded by
Juan Pablo Rojas