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Bartolome Calvo

Bartolome Calvo Diaz de Lamadrid was a Colombian lawyer, journalist, and statesman, who became President of the Granadine Confederation, in what is now Colombia, in 1861 in his role as Inspector General, because no elections were held on that year to the decide the presidency. He also served as Governor of Panama and Ambassador to Ecuador, and worked in a number of newspapers.

Calvo inherited the passion for journalism from his father, one of the oldest typographers of Cartagena. After finishing his studies, he worked for the newspapers La Civilizacion and La Republica, and then he moved to Panama where he became the publisher and editor of El Correo del Istmo.

After that he became editor-in-chief of La Estrella de Panama, the Spanish language section of the trilingual newspaper The Daily Star & Herald. Calvos strong political views, however, did not meet the commercial interests of the newspaper owners, and Calvo refused to compromise his views, which lead to the closing of La Estrella and his firing.

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