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Andrés Quintana Roo (1787-1851)

 

B
orn in Mérida, Yucatán, Andrés Quintana Roo studied in the Mérida Conciliar Seminary, and in 1808 he began law studies in the University of Mexico. He married Leona Vicario. As part of the insurgent movement, he publicized the cause in the newspapers Semanario Patriótico Americano and in the Ilustrador Americano. He presided over the National Constituent Congress that endorsed the declaration of independence in 1813.

 

Andrés Quintana Roo (1787-1851)

 

               When Agustín de Iturbide ascended the throne, he designated Quintana Roo as undersecretary of (foreign) affairs, a post he held from August 1822 to February 1823, when he was removed from office and tried for his disagreements with the government.

 

               When the empire was overthrown, Quintana Roo held a distinguished position among the deputies of the following congresses.

 

               When Vicente Guerrero was assassinated, Quintana Roo attacked the government in his newspaper El Federalista, shaping the public opinion of those times.

 

               From September to October 1833, he was head of the Justice Ministry. He wrote  interesting political articles in El Correo de la Federación. Because of his honesty and independent and moral stance, he occupied several important governmental posts until his death.  He is buried in the Rotonda of Illustrious Individuals.

 

               In addition to his newspaper articles and his speeches written in energetic prose, Quintana Roo became known as a poet in the Diario de México. He belongs to the first group of romantics that Ignacio Manuel Altamirano classified as poets of the Independence. His Ode to September Sixteenth is well known.

 

 


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