List of Governors of Santander Department

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The Governor of the Department Santander heads the executive branch of the government of the Colombian department of Santander. He or she is the highest-ranking official in the department, serving as the main agent for the President of Colombia to carry on the task of maintaining public order and the execution of the general economic policy, and all matters of law passed down for the nation. The current governor is Horacio Serpa Uribe.

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Manuel Murillo Toro Second President of Santander and twice President of the United States of Colombia (1864–1866)(1872–1874).
Eustogio Salgar, three times President of the State of Santander and deputy for the States of Tolima, Santander, Cundinamarca. President of the Sovereign State of Cundinamarca (1874–1876). President of the United States of Colombia (1870–1872).
General Solón Wilches, twice president of the State of Santander, and presidential candidate in 1870 and 1872.
Aquileo Parra Gómez President of Santander, and President of the United States of Colombia (1876–1878).
Ramón González Valencia Governor of the Department of Santander, and Vice-president of Colombia in 1904.

Presidents of the Sovereign State of Santander[edit]

The Sovereign State of Santander was created on May 13, 1857 as the third Sovereign State of the Republic of New Granada. The State would be an independent entity within the country ruled by a President which would be elected by the State Congress. The President of the state would act as the governor of the region but with more power and independence from the central government, in turn, the title of Governor was given to the heads of government of the provinces of the state.

Many presidents of the state, due to the great amount of power they held, and the political importance of the region, went on to become Presidents of the Nation, and others went on to become important political figures in Congress or other areas.

On April 8, 1859, Congress passed a law giving the President of the Country, then the Granadine Confederation, the right to remove the duly appointed Governors of the States and appoint one of his choosing. With this law, the President secured the power of the Conservative Party. This changed the practice of a State elected executive representative, instead the President of Colombia would appoing the President or Governor of the State or Department, this went on till 1991.

Tenure Incumbent President
Took Office Left Office
October 16, 1857 October 23, 1857 Estanislao Silva Calderón
October 23, 1857 1858 Manuel Murillo Toro
1858 1858 Ulpiano Valenzuela
1858 1858 Vicente Herrera
1859 1859 Manuel Murillo Toro
March 12, 1859 March 18, 1859 Vicente Herrera
March 18, 1859 March 21, 1859 Luis Flórez
March 21, 1859 April 3, 1859 Evaristo Azuero
April 3, 1859 November 23, 1859 Eustorgio Salgar
November 23, 1859 January 1, 1860 Ulpiano Valenzuela
January 1, 1860 February 1, 1860 Antonio María Pradilla Rueda
February 1, 1860 February 29, 1860 José María Villamizar Gallardo
February 29, 1860 May 6, 1860 Marco Antonio Estrada
May 6, 1860 August 16, 1860 Antonio María Pradilla Rueda
August 16, 1860 September 8, 1860 Federal Intervention, State government suspended
September 8, 1860 1861 Marco Antonio Estrada
1861 1862 Leonardo Canal González
1862 1862 Adolfo Harker Mutis
1862 1863 Eustorgio Salgar
1863 1864 Pedro Quintero Jácome
1864 June 6, 1864 Eustorgio Salgar
June 7, 1864 October 11, 1864 Rafael Otero Navarro
October 11, 1864 October 1, 1866 José María Villamizar Gallardo
October 1, 1866 September 24, 1868 Victoriano de Diego y Paredes
September 24, 1868 October 1, 1868 Narciso Cadena Uribe
October 1, 1868 March 14, 1870 Eustorgio Salgar
March 14, 1870 March 30, 1870 Narciso Cadena Uribe
March 30, 1870 October 1, 1872 Solón Wilches
October 1, 1872 September 15, 1874 Narciso Cadena Uribe
September 15, 1874 May 16, 1875 Germán Vargas Santos
May 16, 1875 May 25, 1876 Aquileo Parra Gómez
May 25, 1876 1876 Francisco Muñoz
1876 1877 Marco Antonio Estrada
1877 1877 Francisco Muñoz
1877 1877 Marco Antonio Estrada
1877 1877 Domingo Castro
1877 1877 Francisco Muñoz
1877 1877 Domingo Castro
1877 October 1, 1878 Marco Antonio Estrada
October 1, 1878 1883 Solón Wilches
1883 1883 Vicente Villamizar
October 1, 1883 September 9, 1884 Solón Wilches
September 9, 1884 1885 Narciso González Lineros
1885 August 5, 1886 Antonio Roldán
1886 1886 Alejandro Peña Solano

Governors of the Department of Santander[edit]

In 1886 the states were abolished and Santander became a Department under direct authority of the central government.

In 1910 the northern part of the department was detached to form the new Department of Norte de Santander separately represented by their own Governor.

Tenure Incumbent Governor
Took Office Left Office
1886 1887 Alejandro Peña Solano
1887 1888 Antonio Roldán
1888 1888 Vicente Villamizar
1888 1889 Guillermo Quintero
1889 1890 Aurelio Mutis
1890 1895 Guillermo Quintero
1895 1896 José Santos
1896 1886 Antonio Roldán
1186 1897 Roso Cala
1897 1898 Aurelio Mutis
1898 1899 Roso Cala
1899 1900 Alejandro Peña Solano
1900 1900 Carlos J. Delgado
1900 1901 Ramón González Valencia
1901 1901 Carlos Matamoros
1901 1902 Juan Francisco Mantilla
1902 1903 Antonio Barrera Forero
1903 1904 Ramón González Valencia
1904 1904 Carlos Matamoros
1904 1904 Jesús Cuervo Márquez
1904 1905 Alejandro Peña Solano
1905 1906 Santiago Rizo
1906 1907 Alejandro Peña Solano
1907 1908 Gabino Navas
1908 1909 Alejandro Peña Solano
1909 1911 Eugenio Andrade Suescún
1911 1913 Antonio Barrera Forero
1913 1916 Manuel María Valdivieso Valencia
1916 1917 Ernesto Valderrama
1918 1921 Luis Mejía
1921 1823 José María García
1923 December 1924 Emilio Pradilla González
December 1924 December 19, 1926 Arturo Mantilla
December 19, 1926 1928 Juan de la Cruz Duarte
1928 1929 Narciso Torres Meléndez
November 26, 1929 September 4, 1930 Alfredo García Cadena
1930 1931 Alejandro Galvis Galvis
1931 1932 Eduardo Santos Montejo
1932 1933 Alfredo Cadena D’Costa
1933 1934 Humberto Gómez Naranjo
1934 1935 Pedro Alejandro Gómez
1935 1937 Rogerio Silva Pradilla
1937 1939 Alfredo Cadena D’Costa
1939 1941 Hernán Gómez Gómez
1941 1943 Benjamín García Cadena
1943 1944 Arturo Santos
April 21, 1944 February 15, 1945 Alejandro Galvis Galvis
February 15, 1945 1946 Luis Camacho Rueda
1946 1947 Samuel Arango Reyes
1947 1947 Julio Martín Acevedo Díaz
1948 1948 Rafael Ortíz González
1948 1948 Miguel Ángel Hoyos
1949 1949 Valentín González Rangel
1950 1950 Hernando Sorzano González
1951 1951 Guillermo Garavito Durán
1952 1953 Pedro Nel Rueda Uribe
1953 1953 Néstor Meza Prieto
1953 1953 José Amaya
1954 1957 Quintín Gustavo Gómez
1958 1958 Ernesto Caicedo López
1958 1958 Alberto Lozano Cleves
1959 1960 Samuel Arango Reyes
1960 1961 Mario Latorre Rueda
1962 1962 Gustavo Serrano Gómez
1963 1964 Humberto Silva Valdivieso
1965 1965 Enrique Barco Guerrero
1965 1965 Reynaldo López López
1966 1966 Francisco José Calderón
1966 1968 Julio Obregón Bueno
1969 1969 Eduardo Camacho Gamba
1970 1970 Alfonso Gómez Gómez
1971 1971 Jaime Serrano Rueda
1972 1973 Jaime Trillos Novoa
1974 1974 Rafael Pérez Martínez
1975 1975 Oscar Edmundo Martínez
1976 1976 Rafael Ortiz González
1977 1978 Alberto Montoya Puyana
1979 1981 Alfonso Gómez Gómez
1982 1982 Luis Ardila Casamitjana
1983 1983 Rafael Moreno Peñaranda
1984 1984 Jorge Agustín Sedano
1985 1986 Álvaro Cala Hederich
1987 1988 Alvaro Betrán Pinzón
1989 1990 Eduardo Camacho Barco
1990 1990 Hernando Reyes Duarte
1991 December 31, 1991 Clara Elsa Villalba de Sandoval

Democratically elected Governors[edit]

The Colombian Constitution of 1991 allowed for local democratic elections to take place electing Governors for each department and the elections being held at the same time to avoid confusion.

Tenure Incumbent Governor
Took Office Left Office
January 1, 1992 December 31, 1994 Juan Carlos Duarte Torres
January 1, 1995 December 31, 1997 Mario Camacho Prada
January 1, 1998 December 31, 2000 Miguel Jesús Arenas Prada
January 1, 2001 December 31, 2003 Jorge Eliécer Gómez Villamizar
January 1, 2004 December 31, 2007 Hugo Heliodoro Aguilar Naranjo
January 1, 2008 December 31, 2011 Horacio Serpa Uribe

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