Vicente Herrera Zeledón

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Vicente Herrera
President of Costa Rica
In office
30 July 1876 – 11 September 1877
Preceded byAniceto Esquivel
Succeeded byTomás Guardia
Personal details
Born20 January 1821
San José
Died10 November 1888 (aged 67)
San José

Vicente de las Mercedes Herrera Zeledón (A.K.A. Jamón) (20 January 1821 – 10 November 1888) was President of Costa Rica from 30 July 1876 to 11 September 1877.[1] He came to power in the coup d'état that deposed President Aniceto Esquivel and resigned in favor of Gen. Tomás Guardia the following year.


He was the son of José Cleto Herrera Salazar (born 1798–1880) and Antonia Zeledón Masís (born in 1854). He graduated in philosophy in 1839 at the Teaching House of St. Thomas in San José, Costa Rica, and in May 1846 he moved to Guatemala, where he obtained in 1849 the title of doctor of law at the University of San Carlos Borromeo. He passed the bar in Costa Rica on 20 May 1850. He married on 18 December 1853 with Guadalupe Gutiérrez García, daughter of Atanasio Gutiérrez y Lizaurzábal, president of the Superior Court of Justice of Costa Rica from 1832 to 1833, and María of Pilar García Ramírez, and with her had three children: Angélica, Vicente and Mercedes Herrera Gutiérrez.


His ideology was characterized by its conservative and doctrinal positions related to the thinking of the Catholic Church, especially in education. He was President of the Board of Charity of San José, Notary Major of the Ecclesiastical Curia and Secretary of the Cabildo of the Diocese of Costa Rica.


Political offices
Preceded by President of Costa Rica
Succeeded by