Manuel Amador Guerrero
|1st President of Panama|
20 February 1904 – 1 October 1908
|Preceded by||Position Established|
|Succeeded by||José Domingo de Obaldía|
|Born||Manuel Amador Guerrero
30 June 1833
|Died||2 May 1909
Panama City, Panama
|Political party||Conservative Party|
|Spouse(s)||Maria Ossa Escobar|
Very little is known about his childhood and teenage years. He was born in Turbaco, Colombia, when Panama was part of that country. He came to Panama in 1855 and started working on the Panama Railroad as a doctor. He worked also more than twenty years at the Santo Tomás Hospital. His most important work was as chief doctor of the Panama Railroad. This job was crucial in the role he played in gaining Panamanian independence from Colombia. He was an important player in the independence movement of 1903.
After his presidency
Amador retired from public life and died soon after in his house on San Felipe. His last coherent words were to express his wish that the National Anthem was played as his body was lowered to his gravesite, a wish that was realized.
- Plaza Amador, a soccer team in Panama's highest league, ANAPROF, was named in his honor. The club's colors are also red, white and blue as they were the colors adopted by his patriotic movement for independence.
- The Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero, the highest honor of Panama, was named in his honor.
- "55 mandatarios", an album of the Panamanian newspaper La Prensa containing the life of all the Presidents of Panama.
- Mellander, Gustavo A.(1971) The United States in Panamanian Politics: The Intriguing Formative Years. Daville,Ill.:Interstate Publishers. OCLC 138568.
- Mellander, Gustavo A.; Nelly Maldonado Mellander (1999). Charles Edward Magoon: The Panama Years. Río Piedras, Puerto Rico: Editorial Plaza Mayor. ISBN 1-56328-155-4. OCLC 42970390.
|President of Panama
José Domingo de Obaldía