José Domingo de Obaldía

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José Domingo de Obaldía
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2nd President of Panama
In office
1 October 1908 – 1 March 1910
Deputy Presidential designates
José Agustín Arango
Carlos Antonio Mendoza
Juan M. Lambert
Preceded by Manuel Amador
Succeeded by Carlos Antonio Mendoza
Personal details
Born (1845-01-30)January 30, 1845
David, Republic of New Granada
(now Panama)
Died March 1, 1910(1910-03-01) (aged 65)
Panama City, Panama
Political party National Liberal
Spouse(s) Manuela Jované (died) and Josefa Jované.

José Domingo de Obaldia Gallegos (30 January 1845 – 1 March 1910) was President of Panama from October 1, 1908 to March 1, 1910.

Jose Domingo de Obaldía Gallegos was the second President of the Republic of Panama from 1908 to 1910 and the first president elected by popular vote after the separation of Panama from Colombia.

Son of José de Obaldía and Ana Maria Gallegos. Born in David, Chiriqui on January 30, 1845 and died, before finishing his term as President of the Republic of Panama on March 1, 1910. Known as a strategist and gentleman of politics, was the last governor of the department of the Isthmus of Panama in 1903.

During the first government of the Republic, he was elected as the second presidential designate by the National Assembly for the term 1904-1906, and as the first presidential designate for the term 1906-1908.[1]

When José Domingo de Obaldía assumed the presidency since 1908, he began a policy of protecting the dignity and respect for the interests of the Panamanian nation in relations between Panama and the United States, also reinforcing the country's security from promulgation of Decree No. 18 of January 26, 1909, for the establishment of the National Secret Police. In addition he realized a project of the correctional houses of Colon and Panama, and also created the District of Santa Maria. In the educational field, he executed the construction project of the National Institute of Panama among others.


  • Mellander, Gustavo A.(1971) The United States in Panamanian Politics: The Intriguing Formative Years. Daville,Ill.:Interstate Publishers. OCLC 138568.
  • Mellander, Gustavo A.; Nelly Maldonado Mellander (1999). Charles Edward Magoon: The Panama Years. Río Piedras, Puerto Rico: Editorial Plaza Mayor. ISBN 1-56328-155-4. OCLC 42970390.
Political offices
Preceded by
Manuel Amador
President of Panama
Succeeded by
Carlos Antonio Mendoza