José Joaquín de Olmedo
|José Joaquín de Olmedo|
|President of Ecuador|
March 6, 1845 – December 8, 1845
|Preceded by||Juan José Flores|
|Succeeded by||Vicente Ramón Roca|
|Born||March 20, 1780
|Died||February 19, 1847
|Spouse(s)||María Rosa Icaza y Silva|
|Alma mater||Universidad Mayor de San Marcos|
José Joaquín de Olmedo y Maruri (March 20, 1780 – February 19, 1847) was President of Ecuador from March 6, 1845 to December 8, 1845. A patriot and poet, he was the son of the Spanish Captain Don Miguel de Olmedo y Troyano and the Guayaquilean Ana Francisca de Maruri y Salavarría.
On October 9, 1820, Olmedo and others declared the city of Guayaquil independent from Spain. He was President of the Free Province of Guayaquil until it was united to Gran Colombia by Simón Bolívar against Olmedo's will. He was also twice mayor of Guayaquil.
He was also a noted poet who emphasized patriotic themes. His best-known work is La victoria de Junin, which pictures the Latin American fighters for independence from Spain as the legitimate heirs of the Incas.
Olmedo devoted his life to Guayaquil, he created the Guayaquilean flag and shield, and in 1821 he composed the Song to the October Ninth, which would become the Guayaquil Anthem.
He is quoted as saying “He who does not hope to win has already lost.”
- Jose Joaquin Olmedo. Search Quotes
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