Ponciano Leiva

Ponciano Leiva Madrid (1821–1896) was President of Honduras 13 January 1874 – 8 June 1876 and 30 November 1891 – 7 August 1893. Leiva was a conservative.[1][2][3]

Ponciano Leiva Madrid
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President of Honduras
In office
30 November 1891 – 7 August 1893
Vice PresidentRosendo Agüero Ariza
Preceded byLuis Bográn
Succeeded byDomingo Vásquez
Personal details
Born1821 (1821)
Political partyLiberal Party of Honduras

Leiva was a soldier and initially came to power through the support of the military. He rose to the rank of general.

Leiva initially came to power by overthrowing his predecessor in a coup. In 1876 he left office due to pressure from Justo Rufino Barrios, the president of Guatemala.[4]

He later served as minister of war to Luis Bográn, and then was elected to the presidency in 1891. In this election held on 10 November 1891 Leiva received the majority of the vote. His main opponent in the election was Policarpo Bonilla. In 1893 Leiva resigned from office due to the threat of revolution and was replaced by Domingo Vasquez.


Political offices
Preceded by
Céleo Arias
President of Honduras
Succeeded by
Marcelino Mejía
Preceded by President of Honduras
Succeeded by