José Gregorio Monagas

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José Gregorio Monagas
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President of Venezuela
In office
5 February 1851 – 20 January 1855
Preceded byJosé Tadeo Monagas
Succeeded byJosé Tadeo Monagas
Personal details
Born(1795-05-04)4 May 1795
Aragua de Barcelona, Venezuela
Died15 July 1858(1858-07-15) (aged 63)
Maracaibo, Venezuela
Spouse(s)Clara Marrero

José Gregorio Monagas (4 May 1795 – 15 July 1858) was the president of Venezuela 1851–1855 and brother of José Tadeo Monagas.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

General José Gregorio Monagas was born in Aragua de Barcelona, Venezuela, in 1795. His parents were Francisco José Monagas, a merchant from the Canary Islands, and Perfecta Burgos, a native of Cojedes.[2] Monagas started his military career at an early age, in 1813, along with his brother José Tadeo.


Military campaigns[edit]

During Venezuela's emancipation war, Monagas participated in several important campaigns against Spanish royalists Juan Domingo de Monteverde and José Tomás Boves. Because of his brave participation in the Battle of Carabobo, Venezuelan independence hero Simón Bolívar dubbed him the First Spear of the East.

1851–1855: Presidency[edit]

In 1851, José Gregorio Monagas succeeded his brother José Tadeo Monagas as President of Venezuela. During his presidency, Monagas proclaimed Venezuela to be a nation free of slavery, in an edict signed on 24 March 1854. This decision was one of the main causes of the Federal War.[3]

The combined rule of Jose Tadeo and Jose Gregorio Monagas (1847–1858) is commonly referred to as the Monagas Dynasty, or Monagato.[citation needed] It ended with the overthrow of José Tadeo at the hands of Julián Castro and his allies during José Tadeo's second term.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

José Gregorio Monagas was married to Clara Marrero de Monagas,[citation needed] who served as First Lady of Venezuela from 1851 until 1855.[citation needed]


Monagas is reported to have known he was dying on the day before, finding it hard to breathe and with his tongue lead-coloured. He wished to return to Maracaibo, where three local doctors (Tomás Troconis, Francisco Valbuena, and Joaquín Esteva) were instructed to meet him at the dock by Governor Serrano. A great number of other people also went to the ports to watch the arrival. Monagas arrived at 5 pm on the boat Céfiro, lifted by his sons and other people because he was unconscious. The doctors believed he was just faint and had him sat in a chair that had been placed on the dock. However, he did not recover at died at 5:15 pm without having come round. An autopsy and the statements from his sons and personal doctor determined the cause of death as acute enteritis. On the day after his death he was buried in a service with full military honours, with son Julio giving the eulogy.[4]:257–259

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (in Spanish) Official biography Archived 24 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ JOSE TADEO MONAGAS (In Spanish). Accessed 6 October 2010 at 12:50 pm. Archived 12 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Robert William Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman. Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery, 1995. Page 34.
  4. ^ González Guinán, Francisco (1909). Historia contemporánea de Venezuela.

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Political offices
Preceded by President of Venezuela
Succeeded by