Manuel Quintero Villarreal

Manuel de los Dolores Quintero Villarreal was a Panamanian general and politician during the early 20th-century. He was known for being one of the main figures during the Coto War as well as a participant in the Thousand Days' War. He was also the Porrista Liberal Party nominee of the 1924 Panamanian general election.

Manuel Quintero Villareal
Born(1860-11-17)November 17, 1860
Pesé, Panama, Granadine Confederation
DiedFebruary 22, 1954(1954-02-22) (aged 93)
Panama City, Panamá Province, Panama
Allegiance Panama
Branch Panamanian Defense Forces
Years of servicec. 1899 – ???
Rank General de Ejército
Battles/warsThousand Days' War
Coto War

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Manuel was born on November 17, 1860, as the son of Manuel Salvador Quintero Peña and Martina Josefa Villarreal Marquez at Pesé.[1]

As a young man he moved to the city of David, Chiriquí where he held various public offices such as the City Council Clerk, Municipal Judge, David District Mayor, and Circuit Judge. Around the same time, he married Amelia Maria De Arco Gonzalez on June 23, 1896, and had one son. During the Thousand Days' War, he was part of the liberal faction and served as Civil and Military Chief of the Chiriquí Province.[1] In 1902, he was appointed the Secretary of the Navy.[2]

After the separation of Panama from Colombia in 1903, he held various public positions in liberal governments including the Secretary of Development. In 1921, he served as Secretary of Development and Public Works. With the outbreak of the Coto War, President Belisario Porras Barahona appointed him head of the army which was made up of police officers and volunteers. His mission was to repel the forces of Costa Rica. Once the war was over, he was named the "Hero de Coto".[2] During the war however, he was involved in a incident where one of the men he conscripted known as Segundo Gonzales had stabbed James Denham, killing him in the process and Quintero Villarreal discussed with the Surveyor of Panama, Francisco Moreira.[3] Quintero Villarreal then ran as the presidential candidate of the Porrista Liberal Party during the 1924 Panamanian general election, against Rodolfo Chiari but only gained 14 percent of the vote.[2][4]

After his death on February 22, 1954, his sword was found buried near the San Pablo Nuevo Museum, Chiriquí Province in 2005.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Gen. Manuel de los Dolores Quintero Villarreal". FamilySearch. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Biblioteca Nacional de Panamá. "Manuel Quintero Villarreal". Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Bert L. Hunt, ed. (1934). American and Panamanian General Claims Arbitration. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 202. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  4. ^ "Elecciones Presidenciales en Panama por Surfagia Indirecto y Directo". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on January 2, 2010.
  5. ^ Saldaña, Jamie A. (September 19, 2005). "Encuentran espada de lujo del general Manuel Quintero Villarreal, héroe de Coto". Panamá América (in Spanish). Retrieved December 9, 2022.

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