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José Plácido Caamaño

President of Ecuador

José María Plácido Caamaño y Gómez-Cornejo (5 October 1837 – December 31, 1901) was President of Ecuador from 23 November 1883 to 1 July 1888.

José Plácido Caamaño
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President of Ecuador
In office
October 15, 1883 – June 30, 1888
Preceded byIgnacio de Veintemilla
Succeeded byPedro José Cevallos
Personal details
BornJosé María Plácido Caamaño y Gómez-Cornejo
(1837-10-05)October 5, 1837
Guayaquil, Ecuador
DiedDecember 31, 1901(1901-12-31) (aged 64)
Seville, Spain
NationalityEcuadorian

Caamaño was born in Guayaquil. He studied law and theology in the seminary of his native city, and was educated in Quito. Subsequently he was mayor of Guayaquil, and chief of the custom-house service. He was a member of the Progresistas, a liberal Catholic party.

An attempt was made to assassinate him in 1886, and he narrowly escaped death by throwing himself into a river. Under his administration telegraphs, railways, an institute of sciences, several Colleges, and many new schools were added to the resources of Ecuador.

After his term ended, he served as ambassador to US from 1889 to 1890.

Caamaño died on December 31, 1901 from complications of a heart attack in Seville, Spain, aged 63.

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