- First President of Panama -
( 1833 - 1909 )
|* List of the stories
he appears in :
- F PM 01201 C : "The Sharpie of the Culebra Cut" (Lo$#10b), from 2001, by Don Rosa (by name only).
* His biography :
Born near Cartagena in 1833, Amador Guerrero had come to Panama in the late 1840's as a doctor, where his practice flourished. A Conservative, he had been designated to become president of the department of Panama in 1867, but a revolution prevented him from taking office. The Liberals captured and sent him to exile for a year. When he returned, he gave up his political ambitions to serve as superintendent of the Santo Tomas Hospital. His most important post, however, was as chief physician of the Panama Railroad. As the emissary (1903) for the revolutionaries to the United States, he helped obtain U.S. aid for the successful revolution. He was unanimously selected president of the new republic by the constitutional convention despite a stipulation in the constitution that the president be born in Panama.This was a very important position given the importance of the railroad in Panama, and gave him lots of notoriety. When Ferdinand de Lesseps visited the Isthmus, he was one of the Panamanians that welcomed him. When the representative of the railroad in the US, William Nelson Cromwell, needed people in Panama, he was an obvious choice.
In September 1903, the frail looking doctor traveled to New York to obtain the support of Cromwell and Roosevelt for the independence of Panama. He led the revolutionary movement of November, 1903 using plenty of Wall Street money. He became the first president of Panama.
* His place in the Barks/Rosa stories universe
In "The Sharpie of the Culebra Cut", he appears by name when General Esteban tells Roosevelt that his president Amador Guerrero is honoured by his presence in Panama.
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