- This article is about the president of El Salvador. For the Major League Soccer player in the U.S., see Francisco Gomez.
Francisco Gómez de Altamirano y de Elizondo (August 5, 1796, Cartago, Costa Rica—May 1838, Guatemala) was a Central American licenciado, military officer and Liberal politician. From November 15, 1835 to February 1, 1836 he was chief of state of the state of El Salvador within the Central American Federation.
Later he studied law in Guatemala, becoming a licenciado. Having accumulated some money, he moved back to Metapán, where he married Catalina Rodríguez. He also brought his father, now widowed, to live with him. He was part of the city council of Metapán in November 1811, when the first independence revolt broke out. He joined with the other council members in opposing this, although he was secretly a supporter of independence.
He moved to San Salvador, where he also became a member of the city council. He edited the Instrucciones, in which he expressed very liberal ideas.
Upon the proclamation of independence, he joined the patriot cause and fought in the war against Imperial Mexico (1822-23). He attained the rank of captain.
He was elected a deputy in the Legislature in 1826. Later he returned to the army of the state, when El Salvador and Honduras withdrew recognition of the federal authorities. He served under General Francisco Morazán, whose confidence he gained. He was promoted to colonel. On October 10, 1827 in Izalco he presented to federal President Manuel José Arce El Salvador's peace proposals.
Francisco Gómez was assassinated in Guatemala in May 1838.
- This article is a free translation of the article at the Spanish Wikipedia.
- (Spanish) Short biography
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