Diego de Noboa y Arteta (15 April 1789, in Guayaquil – 3 November 1870)[1] was President of Ecuador from 8 December 1850 to 26 February 1851 (interim) and 26 February 1851 to 17 July 1851. He was President of the Senate in 1839 and 1848.

Diego Noboa Arteta
Diego Noboa Arteta.jpg
4th President of Ecuador
In office
26 February 1851 – 12 September 1851
Vice PresidentManuel de Ascásubi
Preceded byHimself (as Interim President)
Succeeded byJosé María Urvina
Interim President of Ecuador
In office
8 December 1850 – 25 February 1851
Preceded byManuel de Ascásubi
Succeeded byHimself (as President)
Personal details
Born(1789-04-15)15 April 1789
Guayaquil, Spanish Empire (now Ecuador)
Died3 November 1870(1870-11-03) (aged 81)
Guayaquil, Ecuador

In 1832, Noboa served as the Ecuadorian Minister Plenipotentiary and was a leading figure in the conclusion of a treaty of friendship with Peru.[2][3]

By 1845, Noboa was cited, along with two Ecuadorian businessmen José Joaquín de Olmedo and Vicente Ramón Roca, as the founder of the Marcista (March) movement, which drew from the U.S. Declaration of Independence to launch a rebellion.[4] Roca, who became president from 1845 to 1849, engaged in another power struggle with Noboa.[4]

From 1849 to 1851, Noboa's political rivalry with two other figures, Manuel de Ascásubi and Antonio Elizalde resulted in a civil strife.[5] Noboa and Elizalde were described as republicans who supported democracy and liberty while Ascazubi favored more authoritarian policies.[6] This conflict led to the rise of General José María Urvina, who in 1851 dominated the Ecuadorian politics through his presidency (1852-1860) and his influence on the presidency of General Francisco Robles.[4]

Noboa was the great-great-grandfather of Gustavo Noboa Bejarano, who also became Ecuador's president (2000) and vice president under Jamil Mahuad's administration.[7]


  1. ^ "Diego Noboa Arteta b. 15 Apr 1789 Guayaquil, Ecuador d. 3 Nov 1870 Guayaquil, Ecuador: Genealogía Familiar". Genealogiafamiliar.com. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  2. ^ St. John, Ronald Bruce (1999). The Ecuador-Peru Boundary Dispute: The Road to Settlement. Durham: IBRU. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-897643-36-5.
  3. ^ British and Foreign State Papers. London: James Ridgway and Sons. 1836. p. 1200.
  4. ^ a b c Pineo, Ronn F. (2007). Ecuador and the United States: Useful Strangers. Atlanta: University of Georgia Press. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-8203-2971-0.
  5. ^ Lauderbaugh, George M. (2019). Historical Dictionary of Ecuador. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 295. ISBN 978-1-5381-0246-6.
  6. ^ Hurtado, Osvaldo (26 June 2019). Political Power In Ecuador. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-000-30729-0.
  7. ^ Gerlach, Allen (2003). Indians, Oil, and Politics: A Recent History of Ecuador. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resource Inc. p. 205. ISBN 0-8420-5107-4.

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Succeeded by