Darío Echandía Olaya (October 13, 1897 – May 7, 1989)[1][2] was a lawyer and a Colombian political figure, a member of the Colombian Liberal Party. He was born on October 13, 1897 in Chaparral, Tolima, son of Vincente Enchandia and Carlota Olaya de E. The elder of seven brothers, he was educated at Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario and Colegio de Araujo (Bogota) receiving degrees of Attorney and Doctor in Law, 1917. He married Emilia Arciniegas, August 2, 1936. He died on May 7, 1989 in Ibagué, Tolima.

Darío Echandía
2nd Colombia Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office
December 10, 1945 – August 20, 1946
PresidentAlberto Lleras Camargo
Preceded byJaime Jaramillo Arango
Succeeded byDomingo Esguerra Plata
Colombian Minister of Justice
In office
March 27, 1967 – April 19, 1968
PresidentCarlos Lleras Restrepo
Preceded byHernán Salamanca Medina
Succeeded byFernando Hinestrosa Forero
Governor of Tolima
In office
1958–1959
Preceded byManuel Antonio Coronado González
Succeeded byRafael Parga Cortés
Minister of Government
In office
April 10, 1948 – May 21, 1949
PresidentMariano Ospina Pérez
Preceded byEduardo Zuleta Ángel
Succeeded byRegulo Gaitan Patiño
In office
August 7, 1942 – October 8, 1943
PresidentAlfonso López Pumarejo
Preceded byLuis Tamayo
Succeeded byAlberto Lleras Camargo
In office
August 13, 1934 – October 7, 1935
PresidentAlfonso López Pumarejo
Preceded byLuis Cano
Succeeded byAlberto Lleras Camargo
Colombia Ambassador to the Holy See
In office
1968–1973
PresidentCarlos Lleras Restrepo
Preceded byJosé Antonio Montalvo Berbeo
Succeeded byAntonio Rocha Alvira
Colombia Ambassador to the Holy See
In office
1937–1942
PresidentAlfonso López Pumarejo (1937-1938)
Eduardo Santos (1938-1942)
Preceded byEnrique Olaya Herrera
Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
June 30, 1944 – February 12, 1945
PresidentAlfonso López Pumarejo
Preceded byCarlos Lozano y Lozano
Succeeded byAlberto Lleras Camargo
Personal details
Born(1897-10-13)October 13, 1897
Chaparral, Tolima, Colombia
DiedMay 7, 1989(1989-05-07) (aged 91)
Ibagué, Tolima, Colombia
NationalityColombian
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Emilia Arciniegas Castilla (1936-1973)
Alma materOur Lady of the Rosary University
ProfessionLawyer

During his lifetime, Darío Echandía served as deputy for Tolima, senator for Tolima, president of the senate, magistrate in the Supreme Court of Justice, and in the ministries of Government, Education, Justice and Foreign Relations. He was also the Colombian ambassador to London and to the Holy See.

Darío Echandía was designated as acting president of Colombia on four different occasions: From 1943 to 1944 due to the temporary absence of Alfonso López Pumarejo, in 1944 due to a kidnapping attempt against Pumarejo, briefly in 1960, and briefly in 1967.

The Darío Echandía Library (Biblioteca Darío Echandía) in Ibagué was inaugurated in 1984 in his honor.

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