José María Montealegre
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|José María Montealegre|
|President of Costa Rica|
14 August 1859 – 8 May 1863
|Preceded by||Juan Rafael Mora|
|Succeeded by||Jesús Jiménez Zamora|
19 March 1815|
San José, Costa Rica
26 September 1887 (aged 72)|
San Jose, California, US
José María Montealegre Fernández (19 March 1815 – September 26, 1887) was President of Costa Rica from 1859 to 1863.
Born into a wealthy family of coffee plantation owners, he was sent to study medicine in Aberdeen, where he graduated as a surgeon. He married twice: in 1854 to Ana Maria Mora (1819-1854), sister of the future President Juan Rafael Mora (1849-1859), and in 1858 to Sofía Matilde Joy Redman (1823-1908), a Londoner, who was a relative of British diplomat Sir William Gore Ouseley.
Under the new constitution he was popularly elected to a three-year presidential term in 1860, after which he handed on the presidency, peacefully and democratically, to Jesús Jiménez.
After earning the animosity of President Tomás Guardia, Montealegre decided to leave Costa Rica. He died in San Jose, California and his mortal remains laid near Mission San Jose (located in what is now Fremont, CA) until they were repatriated in 1978.
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