Darío Echandía

Politician

1897 – 1989

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Who was Darío Echandía?

Darío Echandía Olaya was a lawyer and a Colombian political figure, as a member of the Colombian Liberal Party. He was born on October 13, 1897 in Chaparral, Tolima as the elder of seven brothers, and died on May 7, 1989 in Ibagué, Tolima.

During his lifetime, Darío Echandía served as deputy for Tolima, senator for Tolima, president of the senate, magistrate in the Supreme Court of Justice, and in the ministries of Government, Education, Justice and Foreign Relations. He was also the Colombian ambassador to London and to the Holy See.

Darío Echandía was designated as acting president of Colombia on four different occasions: From 1943 to 1944 due to the temporary absence of Alfonso López Pumarejo, in 1944 due to a kidnapping attempt against Pumarejo, briefly in 1960, and briefly in 1967.

The Darío Echandía Library in Ibagué was inaugurated in 1984 in his honor.

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Born
Oct 13, 1897
Chaparral
Also known as
  • Dario Echandia
Spouses
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Education
  • Our Lady of the Rosary University
Died
May 7, 1989
Ibagué

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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