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Liborio Mejia

Liborio Mejia Gutierrez was a Colombian colonel and politician during the struggle for Independence from Spain, and in 1816 Liborio Mejia became president of the United Provinces of the New Granada making him the youngest person to ever hold the presidency of Colombia at the age of 24. He was executed three months later during the Reconquista led by the Spaniard Pablo Morillo.

Mejia, son of Jose Antonio Mejia y Maria Gutierrez, was born on July 28, 1792, in Rio Negro, in the province of Antioquia, in the Viceroyalty of New Granada in what is now Colombia. He studied in the Colegio Mayor de San Bartolome between 1808 and 1812 in Santafe de Bogota. Upon his return to Medellin, he taught philosophy in the Colegio Provincial, in what is now the University of Antioquia. He studied and worked with Francisco Jose de Caldas on the defense plans for Antioquia from the royalists ReconquistaLiborio Mejiahttp://www.lablaa.org/blaavirtual/biografias/mejilibo.htm.

His presidency was short lived, he had only time to assemble a War Council in which it was decided to assemble a 600 manned army led by Mejia and head south and face the forces of Juan Samano. Mejia faced Samano in the Battle of Cuchilla del Tambo which culminated with the defeat of the patriots on June 29. Mejia escaped to La Plata where he ceded his presidential powers to Custodio Garcia Rovira, thus assuming the vice presidency as first intended.

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