José María Vargas

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Jose María Vargas
José María Vargas by Martín Tovar y Tovar.jpg
President of Venezuela
In office
9 February 1835 – 9 July 1835
Preceded byAndrés Narvarte
Succeeded byJosé María Carreño
In office
August 20, 1835 – April 24, 1836
Preceded byJosé María Carreño
Succeeded byAndrés Narvarte
Personal details
Born(1786-03-10)10 March 1786
La Guaira, Venezuela
Died13 July 1854(1854-07-13) (aged 68)
New York City, USA
Spouse(s)Encarnación Maitín

José María Vargas Ponce (10 March 1786, La Guaira – 13 April 1854, New York City) was the President of Venezuela from 1835–1836.

He graduated with a degree in philosophy from the Seminario Tridentino, and obtained in 1809 his medical degree from the Real y Pontificia Universidad de Caracas. Vargas was imprisoned in 1813 for revolutionary activities. Upon his release in 1813, he travelled to Europe for medical training.[1] Vargas performed cataract surgery. He was one of the earliest oculists (eye surgeons) in Puerto Rico after his arrival there in 1817.[1] He returned to Venezuela to practice medicine and surgery in 1825.[1] He resigned from his presidency in 1836.

Personal life[edit]

José María Vargas was married to Encarnación Maitín,[citation needed] who served as First Lady of Venezuela from 1835–1836.[citation needed] In 1877, his ashes were brought to Caracas and buried in the National Pantheon on 27 April of that same year.

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  1. ^ a b c Leffler CT, Wainsztein RD (2016). "The first cataract surgeons in Latin America (1611-1830)". Clinical Ophthalmology. 10: 679–94. doi:10.2147/OPTH.S105825. PMC 4841434. PMID 27143845.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Andrés Narvarte
3rd President of Venezuela
9 February 1835 – 9 July 1835
Succeeded by
José María Carreño
Preceded by
José María Carreño
5th President of Venezuela
20 August 1835 – 24 April 1836
Succeeded by
Andrés Narvarte
Academic offices
Preceded by
José Cecilio Avila
Rector of the Central University of Venezuela
Succeeded by
José Nicolás Díaz