Serapio Reyes Ortiz

Serapio Reyes Ortiz (14 November 1822 – 6 November 1900) was a Bolivian lawyer, professor, and politician who served as the 9th Vice President of Bolivia from 1888 to 1892. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as second vice president alongside first vice president José Manuel del Carpio during the administration of Aniceto Arce.[1]

Serapio Reyes Ortiz
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9th Vice President of Bolivia
Second Vice President
In office
August 15, 1888 – August 11, 1892
PresidentAniceto Arce
Preceded byJorge Oblitas
Succeeded byJenaro Sanjinés
Foreign Minister of Bolivia
In office
26 January 1891 – 4 December 1891
PresidentAniceto Arce
Preceded byMariano Baptista
Succeeded byJosé Manuel del Carpio
In office
7 February 1879 – 27 December 1879
PresidentHilarión Daza
Preceded byMartín Lanza Saravia
Succeeded byJuan Crisóstomo Carrillo
Personal details
Born14 November 1822
Coroico, Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata
Died6 September 1900(1900-09-06) (aged 77)
La Paz, Bolivia
Political partyConservative

Early life and careerEdit

Serapio Reyes Ortiz was born in Coroico on 14 November 1822. From 1835 to 1844, he studied at Seminary College where he received a degree in law, finishing his professional studies at the National College. In 1845, he became a professor of literature in Oruro before becoming rector of the National College of La Paz in 1849.

In 1864, he was made prefect of the department of La Paz, later becoming Minister of Government during the administration of José María de Achá. Following the overthrow of de Achá, he went into exile during the rule of Mariano Melgarejo. He returned upon Melgarejo's own overthrow in 1871 becoming the Minister Dean of the Court of Justice of La Paz. From 1872, he remained in Caracloes practicing law until 1874, the year in which he attended the National Assembly as President of the Council of State. Under the government of Hilarión Daza, he was called to the Ministry of Justice, Instruction and Worship, and was appointed Foreign Minister.[2]

Vice president (1888–1892)Edit

In the general elections of 1888 Reyes was chosen by Aniceto Arce as candidate for the post of second vice president alongside José Manuel del Carpio. In 1891, he was again made Foreign Minister during the presidency of Mariano Baptista, later being appointed Prefect of La Paz by President Severo Fernández in 1896.

He served in this position until 12 December 1898 when the Federal War broke out between the Conservatives and Liberals. Despite his history as a Conservative, he sided with the Liberals. Upon the deposition of Fernández on 12 April 1899, Reyes became one of the heads of the civil-military triumvirate which two days later proclaimed the city of La Paz to be the definitive capital of Bolivia.[3]


He died on 6 September 1900 in La Paz.


  1. ^ "Bolivia: Ley de 13 de agosto de 1888". Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Foreign ministers A-D". Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  3. ^ Velasco Romero, Ramiro (2003). La sangre de todos: relato literario sobre la guerra federal. La Paz: Plural Ed. p. 345. ISBN 978-99905-64-81-5.
Political offices
Preceded by Foreign Minister of Bolivia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Vice President of Bolivia
Second Vice President

Served alongside: José Manuel del Carpio
Succeeded by
Preceded by Foreign Minister of Bolivia
Succeeded by