José Plácido Caamaño
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|
|President of Ecuador|
October 15, 1883 – June 30, 1888
|Preceded by||Ignacio de Veintemilla|
|Succeeded by||Pedro José Cevallos|
|Born||José María Plácido Caamaño y Gómez-Cornejo|
October 5, 1837
|Died||December 31, 1901 (aged 64)|
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.