José María Vargas

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This article is about the Venezuelan President. For the Ecuadorian friar and historian, see José María Vargas (historian).
Jose María Vargas
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President of Venezuela
In office
9 February 1835 – 9 July 1835
Preceded by Andrés Narvarte
Succeeded by José María Carreño
In office
August 20, 1835 – April 24, 1836
Preceded by José María Carreño
Succeeded by Andrés Narvarte
Personal details
Born (1786-03-10)10 March 1786
La Guaira, Venezuela
Died 13 July 1854(1854-07-13) (aged 68)
New York City, USA
Spouse(s) Encarnación Maitín
Religion Roman Catholic

José María Vargas Ponce (10 March 1786, La Guaira – 13 April 1854, Texas 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]

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Andrés Narvarte
President of Venezuela
Succeeded by
José María Carreño
Preceded by
José María Carreño
President of Venezuela
Succeeded by
Andrés Narvarte
Academic offices
Preceded by
José Cecilio Avila
Rector of the Central University of Venezuela
Succeeded by
José Nicolás Díaz