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Jose Hilario Lopez

Jose Hilario Lopez Valdes was a Colombian politician and military officer. President of Colombia between 1849 and 1853.Arismendi Posada, Ignacio; Gobernantes Colombianos; trans. Colombian Presidents; Interprint Editors Ltd.; Italgraf; Segunda Edicion; Page 51; Bogota, Colombia; 1983

Once the campaign was over, in February, 1823, Lopez returned to Bogota and General Francisco de Paula Santander appointed him as Military Chief of the province of Cauca. On April 6, 1823, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

On March 7, 1849, Lopez was elected President of Colombia with the support of the artisans and their democratic society clubs and also took advantages of the divisions among the conservatives. His government abolished slavery, created the agrarian law, supported the separation between church and state, freedom of the press and the federalization of the state.

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