Manuel Candamo Iriarte was President of Peru from September 8, 1903 until May 7, the following year, when he died in office.
Born in a wealthy family , Manuel Candamo spend his early years in the "Colegio de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe". After graduating from High School, he was accepted in the National University of San Marcos, where he obtained a bachelor's degree on Jurisprudence.
In 1863, Candamo started to work for "El Comercio", one of the oldest newspapers in the capital. From there, he was a harsh critic of President Juan Antonio Pezet and the "Vivanco-Pareja Treaty", specifically for the way of how the government was handling the diplomatic crisis with Spain. For his actions, he was exiled to Chile, returning only after Mariano Ignacio Prado's successfully launched a coup against Pezet.
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