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Andrés Narvarte

In office
20 January 1835 – 9 February 1835
Preceded by José Antonio Páez
Succeeded by José María Vargas

In office
April 24, 1836 – January 20, 1837
Preceded by Santiago Mariño
Succeeded by José María Carreño

Born 1781
La Guaira, Venezuela
Died 31 March 1853 (aged 71–72)
Caracas, Venezuela

Andrés Narvarte (b. La Guaira, 1781 - d. in Caracas, 31 March 1853) was President of Venezuela as interim caretaker (1836-1837).

Lawyer and politician, son of Joaquín Narvarte y Descarga and María Josefa Pimentel y de la Mota, was born in La Guaira, 1781. Vice-president of the Republic and President of Venezuela (1835, 1836 and 1842). Doctor in Civil Rights from the University of Caracas (9 December 1804), in 1810 he was part of the movement for the emancipation of Venezuela. Between 1813 and 1814, he was Governor of the Province of Trujillo. When the Second Republic was lost, he emigrated to Saint Thomas. The date of his return to Venezuela is unknown, but in March, 1819, he was in Juangriego, and in 1822 was Intendant of Venezuela. In 1830 he was designated Deputy of Caracas, in the Constituent Congress of Venezuela.

In 1830, on the occasion of the discussion in the Congress, about the decree in favor who participated in the attack against the life of the President of the Republic, Simón Bolivar, on 25 September 1828, Narvarte says, that he presented his intervention for the political moral, he proposed mercy for the people who had participated in these events, and the restitution of their citizens' rights, but the Congress did not have to approve a decree by means of which Venezuela resolved that the people who participated in the events, deserved praise. At the same time he pleaded in the Congress for the admission in Venezuela of all those who had been persecuted and expelled for their political opinions. In 1831 he was designated Rector of the Central University of Venezuela.

In 1832, he was named Interior and Justice Minister. Between 1833 and 1837, was Vice President of the Republic, and temporarily occupied the Presidency of Venezuela in 1835. When the Revolución de las Reformas exploded in July, 1835, Narvarte and the president José María Vargas when into exile in Saint Thomas. Both returned a few months later to hold their respective positions. On 24 April 1836, was in charge again of the first Magistracy of Venezuela, this time because of the resignation of José María Vargas.

José María Carreño replaced Narvarte in this position, on 20 January 1837. In 1842 was designated Vice President of the Council of Government. In May, he was again in charge of the Presidency of the Republic, because the holder, José Antonio Páez, had to be transferred to his agricultural holdings. Even though it was of short period, Narvarte issued two significant decrees: established a tax for the distillation of alcoholic beverages, and the provision of 160,000 pesos for the improvement of communication routes. As a result of the events of 1848, Narvarte retired from politics, and died in Caracas, 31 March 1853.


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