José Rufino Echenique

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José Rufino Echenique Benavente
23rd President of Peru
In office
April 20, 1851 – January 5, 1855
Preceded by Ramón Castilla
Succeeded by Ramón Castilla
Personal details
Born November 16, 1808
Puno, Peru
Died June 16, 1887 (aged 78)
Lima, Peru
Nationality Peruvian

José Rufino Echenique Benavente (November 16, 1808, Puno, Peru – June 16, 1887, Lima, Peru) served as the 23rd President of Peru in 1851.

He participated in the Peruvian War of Independence. In 1851, Echenique won the presidential elections to succeed Ramón Castilla. Under his government, the first civil laws of Peru were promulgated, and slavery was abolished. The finalizing phase of the construction of the Tacna-Arica railroad was also completed.

Echenique was overthrown by a liberal revolution led by Ramón Castilla in 1855.

His son, Juan Martín Echenique, was also active in Peruvian politics.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ramón Castilla
President of Peru
Succeeded by
Ramón Castilla