Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Ospina Presidents, Pedro Nel Ospina

General Pedro Nel Ospina was born in the "Palacio de Gobierno" in 1858 during the time that his father Don Mariano Ospina Rodriguez was President of Colombia. He grew up in Guatemala, where his father pioneered coffee growing in Central America.

In 1892 he was elected to Congress and in 1901 he was appointed as Minister of Defense. He was later designated as the Colombian Ambassador to the United States and Belgium. In 1922 he was elected as the 36th President of Colombia.

During his administration the cultivation of coffee was greatly promoted and the highway and railroad systems were expanded to their highest level ever, contributing to a robust economic expansion.

Yours most truly,

Mariano Ospina

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