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Eloy Alfaro


Jose Eloy Alfaro Delgado was president of Ecuador from 1895 to 1901 and from 1906 to 1911.

Alfaro, head of the Radical Liberals, was the leader of the Ecuadorian Liberal Revolution, a struggle he waged from his youth until 1895 when the liberals finally took power. He is credited with the separation of church and state in Ecuador and for implementing many political and civil rights, such as freedom of speech and the legalization of civil marriage and divorce. His accomplishments also included finishing the first railroad from Guayaquil to Quito and the establishment of public schools.

Alfaro was killed in 1912 by an infuriated mob in Quito. His body was mutilated, dragged through the streets and finally burned at El Ejido public park. On the statue of him in Alajuela, Costa Rica, it says he was "murdered by conservatives and drunken priests".

References

Manuel de Jesus Andrade Suarez (1912) Paginas de sangre; o, Los asesinatos de Quito, el 28 de enero de 1912.

Pareja Diezcanseco, Alfredo (1944), La hoguera barbara: Vida de Eloy Alfaro .

External links

Official Website of the Ecuadorian Government about the country President's History

Enciclopedia del Ecuador

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