Carlos Eugenio Restrepo

Carlos Eugenio Restrepo
Carlos Eugenio Restrepo Restrepo.jpg
Oil painting by Ricardo Acevedo Bernal.
7th President of Colombia
In office
August 7, 1910 – August 7, 1914
Preceded byRamón González Valencia
Succeeded byJosé Vicente Concha
Minister of Government
In office
August 7, 1930 – July 28, 1931
Preceded byAlejandro Cabal Pombo
Succeeded byAgustin Morales Olaya
Personal details
BornCarlos Eugenio Restrepo Restrepo
(1867-09-12)September 12, 1867
Medellín, Antioquia, United States of Colombia
DiedJuly 6, 1937(1937-07-06) (aged 69)
Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Isabel Gaviria Duque
Alma materSeminario Conciliar de Medellín
OccupationAuthor, Journalist, Educator (Professor)
Nickname(s)Monsieur Veto

Carlos Eugenio Restrepo Restrepo (September 12, 1867 – July 6, 1937) was a Colombian lawyer, writer, and statesman, who was elected President of Colombia in 1910.[1] During his administration he worked towards making political reconciliation among the Conservative and Liberals. He appointed members of the Liberal Party to his Cabinet, and to the dismay of some of his own party, adopted a neutral stand on all issues. He later served as Minister of Government and Ambassador to the Vatican City State.

Early life

Carlos Eugenio Restrepo and two of his children at an hacienda in Fusagasugá.


Restrepo was born in the home of Cruzana Restrepo Jaramillo and Pedro Antonio Restrepo, a lawyer and nephew of José Félix de Restrepo. His father was the founder of the Municipality of Andes,[2] in the south of Antioquia. He had two brothers: Nicanor, a merchant who served as president of the Departamental Assembly of Antioquia in 1924,[3] and Juan María, a distinguished theologian at the service of the Holy See.

Restrepo married Isabel Gaviria Duque on April 16, 1890.[4] Together they had nine children: Tulia, Carlos, Ignacio, Sofía, Margarita, Ana, Adolfo, Isabel, and Vicente.


Restrepo went to school in Itagüí, and Medellín; he later attended the Institute of Higher Learning in what is now the Seminario Conciliar de Medellín.[5] He studied Law, but had to suspend his studies at the age of 18, because of the raging Civil War in 1885. He was forced to teach himself the basics while also practicing in the law firm of his father and his business partner, Alejandro Botero Uribe, who would later become Minister of Government in 1909.[6]