José Manuel Restrepo Vélez

José Manuel Restrepo Vélez
Black and white woodcut portrait of José Manuel Restrepo Vélez published in "Papel Periódico Ilustrado" on 1 January 1982 based on a daguerreotype taken by Demetrio Paredes in 1863.
1882 Woodcut of José Manuel Restrepo Vélez published in Papel Periódico Ilustrado based on a daguerreotype taken by Demetrio Paredes in 1863.
1st Secretary of the Interior of Colombia
In office
7 October 1821 – 1830
PresidentSimón Bolívar y Palacios
3rd Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Colombia
PresidentSimón Bolívar y Palacios
Preceded byJosé Rafael Revenga y Hernández
Succeeded byJosé Rafael Revenga y Hernández
Governor of Antioquia
In office
2 September 1819 – 9 April 1821
Appointed byJosé María Córdova Muñoz
Preceded byJosé María Córdova Muñoz
Succeeded byJosé María Ricaurte y Nariño
Personal details
Born(1781-12-30)30 December 1781
Envigado, Antioquia, Viceroyalty of the New Granada
Died1 April 1863(1863-04-01) (aged 81)
Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Granadine Confederation
Spouse(s)María Josefa Mariana Montoya y Zapata (1812–1863)
Alma materCollege of Saint Bartholomew (LLB, 1808)
SignatureJ Manuel Restrepo

José Manuel Restrepo Vélez (30 December 1781 – 1 April 1863)[1] was an investigator of Colombian flora, political figure and historian. The Orchid genus Restrepia was named in his honor.

Restrepo was born in the town of Envigado, Antioquia in the Colombian Mid-west. He graduated as a lawyer from the Colegio de San Bartolomé in the city of Santa Fe de Bogotá. He later worked as Secretary for Juan del Corral and Governor Dionisio Tejada during their dictatorial government over Antioquia.

From 1811 to 1814 became a Deputy Representative of Antioquia during the Congress of the United Provinces of New Granada. After the Independence from Spain was achieved by Simon Bolivar, Restrepo became governor of Antioquia in 1819 during the Greater Colombia.

Restrepo was profoundly interested on geography and fauna of Antioquia and an orchid flower was named in his honor, the Restrepia.


  1. ^ Arciniegas Rueda, Pedro (2010-12-01). "Biografías" [Biographies]. Credencial Historia (in Spanish). Bogotá (252). 0121-3296. 39236834. Retrieved 2012-04-13.