Santos Acosta

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Santos Acosta
Manuel María de los Santos Acosta.jpg
6th President of the United States of Colombia
In office
May 23, 1867 – April 1, 1868
Preceded byTomás Cipriano de Mosquera
Succeeded bySantos Gutiérrez
8th President of the Sovereign State of Boyacá
In office
Preceded bySergio Camargo
Succeeded byAníbal Correa
Personal details
Manuel María de los Santos Acosta Castillo

(1828-11-01)November 1, 1828
Miraflores, Boyacá, Colombia
DiedJanuary 9, 1901(1901-01-09) (aged 73)
Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Carlota Larrota Castañeda
Alma materOur Lady of the Rosary University
OccupationPhysician, soldier (General), politician, rector
Military service
AllegianceColombia (Liberal Party)
Branch/serviceNational Army of Colombia
Years of service1854-1876
CommandsArmy Chief of Staff
Battles/warsColombian Civil War of 1854
Colombian Civil War 1860–1862
Colombian Civil War of 1876

Manuel María de los Santos Acosta Castillo (November 1, 1828–January 9, 1901) was a Colombian General and political figure. He served as the president of Colombia from 1867 until 1868.

Biographic data[edit]

Acosta was born in Miraflores, Boyacá, on November 1, 1828. He died in Bogotá on January 9, 1901.[1]

Political career[edit]

Although Acosta studied and graduated in medicine, he did not practice this profession. Rather, he pursued military and political careers. He was elected several times as MP, both to the House of Representatives and the Senate. Santos Acosta was one of the main players during the constitutional reform of 1853.[1]

In 1867, Congress elected Acosta as second Vice-President. Congress had also elected Santos Gutiérrez as first Vice-President and Joaquín Riascos as third Vice-President.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Arismendi Posada, Ignacio; Gobernantes Colombianos; trans. Colombian Presidents; Interprint Editors Ltd., Italgraf, Segunda Edición; Page 81; Bogotá, Colombia; 1983