Policarpo Bonilla

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Policarpo Bonilla
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President of Honduras
In office
1 February 1895 – 1 February 1899
Vice President Manuel Bonilla
Preceded by Domingo Vásquez
Succeeded by Terencio Sierra
Dictator of Honduras
In office
22 February 1894 – 1 February 1895
Personal details
Born 17 March 1858
Died 11 September 1926(1926-09-11) (aged 68)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Political party Liberal Party of Honduras

José Policarpo Bonilla Vasquez (1858–1926)[1] was Dictator of Honduras between 22 February 1894 and 1 February 1895. Then elected as President for the period between 1 February 1895 and 1 February 1899.


He was born on 17 March 1858 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, his parents were Inocencio Bonilla and Juana Vasquez. He became a lawyer on 17 March 1878, held posts in the government of Marco Aurelio Soto.On 31 October 1890 he created a newspaper "El Bien Publico". In November 1891 Bonilla was a candidate for president of Honduras, but lost to Ponciano Leiva.[2]

In February 1893 he founded the Liberal Party of Honduras, the oldest[citation needed] liberal Party in Latin America. He became a deputy in the National Congress, and was also the governor of Tegucigalpa. He was described as "the hero who, by transforming Honduras, gave it a new conscience" by Rafael Heliodoro Valle. In 1919 he was the delegate for Honduras to the Peace Conference of Versailles.

Bonilla, who had divided the Liberal Party when he ran for President in the 1924 Honduras Presidential election,[3] died in 1926. Following his death, the Liberal Party of Honduras was reunited and nominated Vicente Mejía Colindres.[4] Conlindres won the 1928 Honduran Presidential election.[4]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Domingo Vásquez
President of Honduras
Succeeded by
Terencio Sierra