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Mariano Enrique Calvo Cuellar


Mariano Enrique Calvo Cuellar (1782-1842) served a brief term as President of Bolivia. He also served as Vice-President to Andres de Santa Cruz y Calahumana between 1835 and 1839.

Educated as a Chuquisaca lawyer, Mariano Calvo had been a royalist who was even head of the Cabildo (colonial assembly) in 1818. He later switched sides and, despite spending a number of years in the political wilderness, distinguished himself in the 1830s as a supporter, collaborator, and cabinet member of Andres de Santa Cruz, rising to the post of Minister of Foreign Relations. He then became Vice-President of the Bolivian portion of the Peru-Bolivian Confederation, again under Santa Cruz, who was both President of Bolivia and the Confederation's Supreme Protector in Lima. As such, most of the daily running of affairs in Bolivia fell to the trusted Calvo.

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