José María Samper

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
José María Samper Agudelo
Daguerreotype of José María Samper Agudelo
Daguerreotype of José María Samper Agudelo
Born José María Balbino Venancio Samper Agudelo
(1828-03-31)31 March 1828
Honda, Tolima, Colombia
Died 22 July 1888(1888-07-22) (aged 60)
Anapoima, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Resting place Central Cemetery of Bogotá
Occupation Lawyer, journalist, politician
Language Spanish
Nationality Colombian
Alma mater University of Bogotá (JD, 1810)
Period 1845—1888
Genre Prose
Subject Travel literature, history of Colombia, politics of Colombia
Literary movement Costumbrismo
Spouse Elvira Levi Espina (1851-1852)
Soledad Acosta Kemble
María Josefa Samper Acosta
Carolina Samper Acosta
Bertilda Samper Acosta
Blanca Leonor Samper Acosta

Books-aj.svg aj ashton 01.svg Literature portal

José María Balbino Venancio Samper Agudelo (31 March 1828 — 22 July 1888)[1] was a Colombian lawyer, politician, and writer. In his writing he covered many genres including poetry, drama, comedy, novels, didactic works, biographies, travel books, and critical and historical essays. He collaborated in different periodicals of his time, was founder of La Revista Americana, and worked as managing editor of El Deber, and editor-in-chief of El Comercio.

Personal life[edit]

José María Balbino Venacio[2] was born on 31 March 1828 to José María Samper Blanco and Tomasa Agudelo y Tafur, in Honda, present-day Tolima.[1] Among his siblings, two stand out: Agripina, who was married to Manuel Ancízar Basterra, and his older brother Miguel, a businessman and politician, and great-grandfather of Ernesto Samper Pizano. He married Elvira Levi Espina in 1851, but she died soon after in 1852 leaving no children.[2][3] On 5 May 1855 he married Soledad Acosta Kemble, a renowned writer and journalist, and together they had four daughters, Bertilda, who become a nun, and took up poetry like her parents, Carolina (b. 1857) and María Josefa (b. 1860), both of whom died in 1872 during a smallpox outbreak in Bogotá, and Blanca Leonor (b. 1862).[4]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gómez Giraldo, Lucella. Melo González, Jorge Orlando, ed. Gran Enciclopedia de Colombia del Círculo de Lectores, tomo de biografías [Great Encyclopaedia of Colombia, Volume of Biographies] (in Spanish). Bogotá: Luis Ángel Arango Library. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  2. ^ a b García Vásquez, Julio Cesar. "Ernesto Samper Pizano, Familiares Y Parentela" (PDF). Genealogía Colombiana (Family tree) (in Spanish). 4. Interconexion Colombia. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  3. ^ Restrepo Sáenz, José María; Rivas, Raimundo; Restrepo Posada, José (1991). Genealogías de Santa Fe de Bogotá, Volumen 3 [Genealogies of Santa Fe de Bogotá, Volume 3] (in Spanish). Bogotá: Editorial Presencia. p. 170. OCLC 28546996. 
  4. ^ Acosta, Soledad (August 2004). "Cronología" [Chronology]. In Ordóñez Vila, Montserrat. Novelas y cuadros de la vida suramericana [Novels and Portraits of South American Life] (in Spanish). Chronology by María Victoria González. Bogotá. pp. 405–406. ISBN 978-958-683-706-4. OCLC 254691569. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 

External links[edit]