Augusto B. Leguia
Augusto Bernardino Leguia y Salcedo (1863-1932) was a Peruvian politician who twice occupied the Presidency of Peru, from 1908 to 1912 and from 1919 to 1930.
Augusto Leguia was born in Lambayeque in 1863 to one of the most distinguished families of the Peruvian oligarchy. Educated in Valparaiso, Chile, he served in the Peruvian army during the War of the Pacific (1879-1881).
After the war he moved to the United States and became an insurance executive with the New York Life Insurance Company. By the 1900s, Leguia had become very wealthy and decided to return to Peru. He entered politics in 1903 at the urging of Manuel Candamo (the then leader of the Civilista Party) and also of Jose Pardo, who was Prime Minister. Leguia took the position of Minister of Finance, a post he would retain until 1904, when the former Prime Minister Jose Pardo became president. Pardo offered the position of Prime Minister to Leguia, who accepted and remained so until 1907, when he resigned to run for the presidency the following year.
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