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Enrique Olaya Herrera


Enrique Olaya Herrera was a Colombian journalist and politician, President of Colombia from August 7, 1930 until August 7, 1934 representing the Colombian Liberal Party.

Olaya Herrera grew up in an intellectual environment full of inconformism and erudism and had to live in through the Thousand Days War. He studied in the local public school of Guateque along his parents. He was son of Justiniano Olaya and Emperatriz Herrera Olaya Herrera had two brothers; Leonidas and Joaquin. When he was 12 years old, Olaya Herrera was regarded as the "child journalist of Guateque" because he founded a newspaper called "El Patriota" (The Patriot) and with he obtained many exchange notes with major newspapers like El Espectador based in Medellin. Olaya Herrera studied Law in the Republicana University and founded a weekly magazine called "El Estudiante" (The Student) in a newspaper format and which was written by hand.

Olaya Herrera is a member of the Centennial Generation which date from 1925 to 1940 and grouped a bunch of ideologues and leaders in which were notable Alfonso Lopez Pumarejo, Laureano Gomez, Eduardo Santos, Mariano Ospina Perez, Roberto Urdaneta Arbelaez, Luis Lopez de Mesa, Luis Eduardo Nieto Caballero and others.

Related websites

Britannica; Enrique Olaya Herrera biography

Luis Angel Arango Library: Enrique Olaya Herrera biography

Villarica.galeon.com - Presidency of Enrique Olaya Herrera

Luis Angel Arango Library: Enrique Olaya Herrera

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