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Antonio Guzman Blanco


Antonio Guzman Blanco (28 February 1829 28 July 1899) was President of Venezuela in three separate terms, from 18701877, from 18791884, and from 18861887.

Guzman was born in Caracas as the son of Antonio Leocadio Guzman, a Venezuelan journalist, politician as well as founder of the Liberal Party and Carlota Blanco Jerez de Aristiguieta. He was banished by the administration of General Julian Castro, and accompanied General Juan Crisostomo Falcon in his invasion of Venezuela, becoming his general secretary. After the final defeat of Falcon at Cople in September, 1860, Guzman accompanied his chief in his flight, and was sent to the West Indies to solicit assistance. Toward the end of 1861 he landed again with Falcon on the coast of Coro, and after numerous engagements signed on 22 May 1863, the treaty of Coche, by which arms were laid down, and a general assembly called at Victoria, which elected Falcon president and Guzman vice president. The latter was at the same time secretary of the treasury, and went to London to negotiate a loan.

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