Saturnino Lizano Gutiérrez

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Saturnino Lizano Gutiérrez
Saturnino Lizano Gutiérrez.jpg
President of Costa Rica
In office
July 6, 1882 – August 10, 1882
Preceded by Tomás Guardia Gutiérrez
Succeeded by Próspero Fernández Oreamuno
Personal details
Born (1826-11-29)November 29, 1826
Esparza, Costa Rica
Died April 19, 1905(1905-04-19) (aged 78)
San José, Costa Rica
Spouse(s) Angélica Guardia Solórzano
Religion Roman Catholic

Saturnino Lizano Gutiérrez (29 November 1826 – 19 April 1905) was President of Costa Rica from 6 July to 10 August 1882.

Early life and family[edit]

He was born in Esparza, Costa Rica on November 29, 1826 to his parents Dámaso Lizano y Avendaño and Dámasa Gutiérrez y Flores. On April 14, 1875 he married Angélica Guardia Solórzano, daughter of President Tomás Guardia Gutiérrez. With her he fathered Gonzalo and María del Rosario Lizano Guardia.

His granddaughter, Estrella Zeledón Lizano, became the First Lady of Costa Rica from 1978 to 1982.[1]

Private activities[edit]

He was dedicated to agriculture and commerce, especially in the city of Puntarenas.

Public office[edit]

He held several public offices, among them that of member of the Chamber of Representatives (1869–1870), member of the 1870 Constituents Assembly, Secretary of Government and annexed offices of Police and Industry (May - July 1876), Secretary General of Government (in charge of all Secretaries of Government) (July 1876), Secretary of Government and annexed offices Public Works and War and Navy (1876–1877), Secretary of State (July - August 1876), Financial Agent of Costa Rica in London (1877–1878), Secretary of Government with annexed offices (1880–1882) and First in Line to the Presidency of the Republic (1881–1882).

President of the Republic[edit]

In June 1882, he was asked to take the Presidential Office due to President Guardia's ill state, and at his death on June 6 he became Titular President of the Republic. On July 20, without quitting his office, he asked the Seventh in Line to the Presidency Próspero Fernández Oreamuno to exercise the power, who on August 10 became Constitutional President.

Later posts[edit]

After his departure he served as supply deputy for Alajuela, proprietary deputy for Puntarenas and governor of Puntarenas.


He died in San José, Costa Rica on April 19, 1905. His portrait was hung on the Former Presidents Hall of the Legislative Assembly in 1996.

No biography of his has ever been published.


  1. ^ Saenz Carbonell, Jorge Francisco. "El Cancillar Zeledón". Foreign Ministry of Costa Rica. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Tomás Guardia Gutiérrez
President of Costa Rica
Succeeded by
Próspero Fernández Oreamuno