Eduardo Lopez de Romana
Eduardo Lopez de Romana y Alvizuri was President of Peru from 1899 to 1903. A respected member of the Peruvian Elite and Lopez de Romana Family, he was the first engineer to become President of the Republic, and one of several Presidents from the Civilista Party during the era of the "Aristocratic Republic".
Lopez de Romana was born in Arequipa to a family representing the regional aristocracy of Peru. He left to study in at the Jesuit Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, England and worked as an engineer. Upon his return to Peru in 1874, he worked in the fledgling agricultural development and engineering circles of the country.
He later came into contact with members of the Civilista Party, which he eventually joined. When he took power in 1899, it was with the support of the National Coalition Party, an alliance between the civilist and democratic parties that took place on November 24, 1898. Surprisingly, the support of both parties was initially offered to his brother, Alejandro Lopez de Romana, but he declined it in favor of Eduardo.
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