Benito Juárez was born on March 21, 1806, in the town of San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca. He was raised by his uncle, after the death of his parents. He studied at the University of Oaxaca, with the help of Fray Antonio Salamanca. He became a lawyer, judge, governor of Oaxaca and finally President of Mexico.
You will surely wonder who this character was, what he did for the history of Mexico, that is why we have prepared for you a list with all those curiosities and things that you did not know about one of the most iconic presidents that our country has had.
- Benito Pablo Juárez García was the twenty-sixth president of Mexico
- He was of indigenous Zapotec origin
- He was born on March 21, 1806 in San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca. It is because of his struggle and his contributions to Mexican history and the Constitution of the country that his birth is celebrated.
- At the age of 3 he was orphaned and raised by his paternal grandparents. When his grandparents passed away, his uncle taught him to speak basic Spanish
- As an adult, Juárez could speak Zapotec, Spanish, and Latin, and could read and understand English and French.
- At the age of 12 he went to live in the city of Oaxaca where he would meet his future wife Margarita Maza
- He began his studies to satisfy you at the seminary, but later he switched to law
- He became governor of Oaxaca in 1847
- He was exiled by former president Antonio López de Santa Anna to Cuba in 1853
- Supported the Ayutla Revolution to oust Santa Anna from the presidency
- His best known phrase: “Among individuals, as in nations, respect for the rights of others is peace”
- He was president of Mexico several times in an interrupted way
- He created the separation of the state and the church, and in 1859 he prohibited the church from owning property in Mexico
- The French Intervention and the Second Empire survived
- On May 11, 1867, the Congress of the Dominican Republic granted him the title of “Meritorious of the Americas” for his struggle for the sovereignty of Mexico and for his defense of the freedom of the individuals and peoples of the Americas.
- He died on July 18, 1872 of «angina pectoris»