Nemesio Camacho

Nemesio Camacho Macías (November 1869 - 7 May 1929) was a Colombian businessman and politician. The Stadium Nemesio Camacho in Bogotá is named after him.[1]

Nemesio Camacho Macías
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22nd Minister of Public Works of Colombia
In office
31 December 1921 – 4 February 1922
PresidentJorge Holguín Mallarino
Preceded byVíctor Manuel Salazar
Succeeded byFlorentino Manjarrés
20th Minister of Public Works of Colombia
In office
11 November 1921 – 28 November 1921
PresidentJorge Holguín Mallarino
Preceded byEsteban Jaramillo
Succeeded byVíctor Manuel Salazar
4th Minister of Public Works of Colombia
In office
29 July 1908 – 26 May 1909
PresidentRafael Reyes Prieto
Preceded byJosé María Ruiz
Succeeded byGuillermo Camacho Carrizosa
8th Minister of Finance and the Treasury of Colombia
In office
22 March 1909 – 26 May 1909
PresidentRafael Reyes Prieto
Preceded byJorge Holguín Mallarino
Succeeded byDomingo Esguerra Plata
Personal details
BornSubachoque, Cundinamarca, Colombia
November 1869
DiedMay 7, 1929(1929-05-07) (aged 59)
Paris, Île-de-France, France
Resting placeCentral Cemetery of Bogotá
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Leonilde Matiz Laverde
ChildrenLuis Camacho Matíz, Isabel Camacho de Casabianca
Alma materExternado University of Colombia (LLB, 1890)

He was the manager of the Bank of the Republic, the Colombian Train of the Pacific and the Tramways of Bogotá. He was also Ministry of Finance and Public Credit appointed by the President Rafael Reyes.[2]

His son Luis Camacho Matiz, was the person who offered the land where the stadium would be constructed.


Nemesio Camacho Macias (Subachoque, Colombia, November 1869 - Paris, France, May 7, 1929) was a Colombian lawyer, politician, and businessman. He was a minister, senator and the chief of the Central Bank of Bogota Tram and Pacific Railroad. His son Luis Camacho donated the land which was called "El Campin" to build the football stadium that bears his name in Bogota.

Nemesio Camacho was born in the town of Subachoque (Cundinamarca) in November 1869, the same year his mother, Isabel Macias, died. In 1882 he was admitted to study at the College of San Bartolomé in Bogotá and in the same year, his father, Silverio Camacho, died. Later studied in literature National University, but he interrupted his studies to study philosophy and law at the External University ending in 1890. He obtained a law degree with "outstanding acclaim". At their level, opening a law office and exercising the right to 1895, when the civil war begins, and he financially supports and funds generals Servant Sarmiento and Rafael Uribe in the Company of the West. At this time he was appointed director of the Liberal Party and is postulated as a candidate for president with John the Evangelist Manrique and Miguel Samper . After the war, he returned to his trade as a lawyer until 1905, when capital brings Pepe Sierra to the creation of the Central Bank and is appointed manager, a position he held until August 1907. In the same year, 1905 Rafael Reyes closed the Congress and Nemesio Camacho was elected representative in the Assembly of Cundinamarca. In 1908 it is part of society that is responsible for organizing the concession for the construction of the Pacific Railway and the following year associates on a Milk Producers Cooperative. The President Rafael Reyes was appointed Minister of Public Works and Development in 1908 and between April and May 1909 provisionally assumed in the Ministry of Finance and Treasury for resignation of Jorge Holguin, while these charges was developed infrastructure such as the layout intercity roads and railways, and installation of electrical service in various municipalities.

Owned by Nemesio Camacho in Bogota's historic center, designed in 1909 by French architect Gaston Lelarge . At the end of his work as a minister is appointed manager Pacific Railroad by the board, holding the position between 1910 and 1915. In 1910 he supported the presidential candidate Carlos E. Restrepo and is a member of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the Constitutional Reform of the same year. In 1912 was one of the initiators and founders of the Olympia Theatre in Bogota on society formed by brothers John and Donato Di Domenico. 1 In 1913 participated in the Convention of the Liberal Party led by General Rafael Uribe Uribe and the following year assumed again Party leadership after the assassination of Rafael Uribe. He served twice as the office of Senator and House Representative by the Colombian Liberal Party . 4 Between 1919 and 1922 he was manager of the Tramway de Bogotá, its popularity in this role was so great that the tram cars were known popularly as "Nemesia". 3 In small cooperative management of employees organized keepers tram rails sections, made the expansion of the Central Station, ran the extension of lines to the south and the west and doubled the capacity of the line of Gauteng . In 1921 he led the coalition that pressured the resignation of President Marco Fidel Suárez . In 1924 on the initiative of Gonzalo Mejia, helps fund the construction of the Teatro Junín de Medellín, whose inauguration is done on 8 October of the same year with a screening of the Italian film "La Sombra". 1 In December 1926 the society to participate in the creation of a Fruit Company. In 1928 as House Representative presents a draft reform of the electoral system which proposes the issuance of the certificate of citizenship for all voters. This project is approved as Law 31 of November 12, 1929, 5 with 41 votes in the House and 21 votes in the Senate, a few months after his death. Due to his health, he traveled to France for medical treatment, but died on May 7 of 1929. His remains were repatriated and buried in the Central Cemetery of Bogota. Properties

The Estadio Nemesio Camacho El Campin. At death, Camacho left an immense fortune primarily consisting of properties in Bogota and shares in different companies, the result of its business activities, the exercise of their profession and family heritage. In 1934 the mayor of Bogotá Jorge Gaitan drove the idea to build a football stadium for the citizens taking advantage of the 400th birthday of the capital and to receive the 1938 Bolivarian Games . Councilman Luis Camacho Matiz, son of Nemesio Camacho El Campin offered hacienda that was part of the goods that were the legacy of his father (located in Old Street Cundinamarca) as land to build the stadium that bears his name.


  1. ^ "Nemesio Camacho Macías, un empresario del altiplano cundiboyacence" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Biografía de Nemesio Camacho" (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 November 2010.


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  • El Campin, a stadium with history, Profile, November 18, 2007.
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