Famous Mexican Leaders

From the might of the Aztecs to its conquests by Spain, from the stone cities of the Maya to the bustling streets of the Mexico City, Mexico has had a rich heritage and history. Culturally vibrant and historically enriched, the country has witnessed upward accession in its more than 10000 years of existence. From being colonially ruled for more than three centuries to gaining its independence and later re-building the country’s heritage, Mexico has seen and braved it all. And much of that has been possible due to its remarkably talented and outstanding leaders who have helped the country progress even when the tides weren’t in their favour. Though the country today follows a presidential system of government, it wasn’t so always. Mexico has had several forms of government throughout history. However, under the current constitution, the President of the United Mexican States serves as the executive head of the country. His post is vested with executive powers and is responsible for the smooth functioning of the country, politically, socially and economically. Briefly go through this section and find out in details about the life and works of famous Mexican leaders.

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 1 Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa.
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: June 5, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Durango
Died: July 20, 1923
Military leader Pancho Villa was a significant figure of the Mexican Revolution. He supported the ouster of dictator Porfirio Diaz and later fought to remove Victoriano Huerta from power. He also allied with Emiliano Zapata and fought against Venustiano Carranza. He remains immortalized in many films and novels.

 2 Benito Juarez

Benito Juarez.
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: March 21, 1806
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Pablo Guelatao, Mexico
Died: July 18, 1872

Benito Juarez was a Mexican lawyer and politician. He served as the 26th president of Mexico from 1858 to 1872, becoming the first president of Mexico who was of indigenous origin. He died of a heart attack in 1872. To date,  he is revered as "a preeminent symbol of Mexican nationalism and resistance to foreign intervention." 

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 3 Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Macuspana
Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been serving as Mexico’s 58th president since December 2018. He led the Party of the Democratic Revolution from 1996 to 1999 and was elected Head of Government of Mexico City. He established the National Regeneration Movement in 2014 and led it till 2017.

 4 Emiliano Zapata

Emiliano Zapata.
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Famous As: Mexican Political figure
Birthdate: August 8, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anenecuilco, Mexico
Died: April 10, 1919
Emiliano Zapata was a key figure in the Mexican Revolution of 1910–1920 and led the agrarian movement known as Zapatismo. As the leader of the Liberation Army of the South, he contributed to the fall of Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz and later fought against Venustiano Carranza.
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 5 Vicente Fox

Vicente Fox.
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: July 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: León

 6 Porfirio Díaz

Porfirio Díaz.
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Famous As: Military General, Politician
Birthdate: September 15, 1830
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oaxaca, Mexico
Died: July 2, 1915

Porfirio Díaz was a Mexican politician and general. He served as president of Mexico for 31 years, which included seven terms between 1876 and 1911. The entire period of his presidency is referred to as the Porfiriato. His life inspired the 1944 Mexican historical film, Porfirio Díaz. Over the years, he has also been depicted in other films like Juarez.

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 7 Antonio López de Santa Anna

Antonio López de Santa Anna
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Famous As: Politician, Officer, Military personnel
Birthdate: February 21, 1794
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Xalapa
Died: June 21, 1876
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 8 Enrique Peña Nieto

Enrique Peña Nieto.
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Famous As: President of Mexico
Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlacomulco, State of Mexico, Mexico

Mexican politician Enrique Peña Nieto served as the 64th President of Mexico from 2012 to 2018. He was previously the Governor of the State of Mexico. He joined politics in the mid-1980s as a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was a controversial president and his tenure saw a rise in drug trade and corruption.

 9 Lázaro Cárdenas

Lázaro Cárdenas.
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Famous As: President of Mexico
Birthdate: May 21, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jiquilpan, Mexico
Died: October 19, 1970

Lázaro Cárdenas had a difficult childhood and supported his family doing odd jobs after his father’s death. He rose to be the president of Mexico and was known for his efforts to implement the objectives of the Mexican Revolution, such as nationalization of industries and making loans available to farmers.

 10 Venustiano Carranza

Venustiano Carranza.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 29, 1859
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cuatrociénegas Municipality, Mexico
Died: May 21, 1920

Venustiano Carranza was one of the most important leaders of the Mexican Revolution, which transformed the Mexican government and culture. A powerful and influential person, Carranza served as the head of state for two years before serving as the 44th president of Mexico from 1916 to 1920.

 11 Francisco I. Madero

Francisco I. Madero
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: October 30, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Parras de la Fuente, Mexico
Died: February 22, 1913

 12 Ernesto Zedillo

Ernesto Zedillo
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Famous As: Economist, University teacher, Author
Birthdate: December 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mexico City

 13 Agustín de Iturbide

Agustín de Iturbide.
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Famous As: Emperor of Mexico
Birthdate: September 27, 1783
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Morelia
Died: July 19, 1824

Agustín de Iturbide was a Mexican politician and army general who played a key role during the Mexican War of Independence. During the war, Agustín built a successful military and political coalition that brought the entire Mexico City under its control on 27 September 1821, thus playing an important role in gaining independence for Mexico.

 14 Stephen Austin

Stephen Austin
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 3, 1793
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Austinville, Virginia
Died: December 27, 1836

Stephen Austin, also known as the Father of Texas, was born to a lead-mining businessman in Missouri who later bought a piece of land from the Mexican government. Austin developed the land and mediated between American and Mexican people for control over it, eventually leading to the Texas Revolution.

 15 Carlos Salinas de Gortari

Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: April 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Economist Carlos Salinas de Gortari boasts of a PhD from Harvard. The former Mexican president is known for opening up his country to foreign investments. Riddled with controversies and corruption scandals, he stepped down and went into exile later. He is considered one of the most-hated Mexican leaders ever.

 16 Felipe Calderón

Felipe Calderón
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Famous As: Former President of Mexico
Birthdate: August 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morelia

 17 Joaquin Murrieta

Joaquin Murrieta
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Famous As: activist
Birthdate: 1829 AD
Birthplace: Sonora
Died: July 25, 1853

 18 Plutarco Elías Calles

Plutarco Elías Calles
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 25, 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guaymas, Mexico
Died: October 19, 1945

 19 Álvaro Obregón

Álvaro Obregón.
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: February 19, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Siquisiva, Navojoa, Sonora
Died: July 17, 1928
Mexican general Álvaro Obregón who later became the president of Mexico is remembered for his role in ending a series of political conflicts following the revolution of 1910. His reign witnessed the rise of Mexican muralism and significant educational and land reforms. He was assassinated while dining with his friends.

 20 Victoriano Huerta

Victoriano Huerta.
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Famous As: Former President of Mexico
Birthdate: March 22, 1850
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Agua Gorda, Mexico
Died: January 13, 1916

Born to indigenous parents, in a poverty-stricken family, Victoriano Huerta became one of the few literate people in his community. He later rose through the ranks of the Mexican army, launched a coup against President Francisco Madero, got him executed, and then took over as the new president.

 21 Subcomandante Marcos

Subcomandante Marcos
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Famous As: Spokesman
Birthdate: June 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tampico, Mexico

 22 Miguel de la Madrid

Miguel de la Madrid
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: December 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Colima
Died: April 1, 2012

 23 José López Portillo

José López Portillo
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, University teacher
Birthdate: June 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mexico City
Died: February 17, 2004

 24 Lupita Jones

Lupita Jones
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Famous As: Model, Actor, Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: September 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mexicali Municipality

 25 Vicente Guerrero

Vicente Guerrero.
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: August 10, 1782
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tixtla, Mexico
Died: February 14, 1831

A prominent figure of the Mexican War of Independence, Vicente Guerrero later also served as the president of Mexico. However, he was overthrown within 8 months of presidency. He was later convicted of treason and executed by a firing squad. He remains popular as Mexico’s "greatest man of color."

 26 Gustavo Díaz Ordaz

Gustavo Díaz Ordaz
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 12, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ciudad Serdán, Mexico
Died: July 15, 1979

 27 Guadalupe Victoria

Guadalupe Victoria
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel, Lawyer
Birthdate: September 29, 1786
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tamazula
Died: March 21, 1846

 28 Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

 29 Adolfo Lopez Mateos

Adolfo Lopez Mateos
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Birthdate: May 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atizapán de Zaragoza
Died: September 22, 1969

 30 Miguel Alemán

Miguel Alemán
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 29, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Veracruz, Mexico
Died: May 14, 1983

 31 Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong

Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pachuca

 32 José Vasconcelos

José Vasconcelos
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Famous As: Writer, Philosopher, Politician, University teacher, Lawyer
Birthdate: February 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oaxaca
Died: June 30, 1959

 33 María Asunción Aramburuzabala

María Asunción Aramburuzabala
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: May 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mexico City

 34 Adolfo de la Huerta

Adolfo de la Huerta
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 26, 1881
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guaymas, Mexico
Died: July 9, 1955

 35 Ricardo Flores Magón

Ricardo Flores Magón
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Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: September 16, 1873
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón, Mexico
Died: November 21, 1922

 36 Emilio Portes Gil

Emilio Portes Gil
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Famous As: President of Mexico
Birthdate: October 3, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
Died: December 10, 1978

 37 Manuel González Flores

Manuel González Flores.
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Famous As: 31st President of Mexico
Birthdate: June 18, 1833
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Matamoros
Died: April 10, 1893

Manuel González Flores was a Mexican military general turned politician who served as the 35th President of Mexico from 1880 to 1884. Prior to joining politics, he played significant roles in the Mexican–American War and the Reform War, as an army man. His tenure as the president saw major diplomatic and domestic achievements. 

 38 Pascual Orozco

Pascual Orozco
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: January 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guerrero Municipality, Mexico
Died: August 30, 1915

Initially a muleteer at various mining companies, Pascual Orozco grew up to be a famous guerrilla leader from Chihuahua who made a significant contribution to the Mexican Revolution. Though he initially helped Francisco I. Madero depose Porfirio Díaz, he later sided with Victoriano Huerta in a coup against Madero.

 39 Valentín Gómez Farías

Valentín Gómez Farías
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 14, 1781
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
Died: July 5, 1858

 40 Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada

Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada
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Famous As: President of Mexico
Birthdate: April 24, 1823
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Xalapa, Mexico
Died: April 21, 1889

 41 Nicolás Bravo

Nicolás Bravo
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: September 10, 1786
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chichihualco, Mexico
Died: April 22, 1854

 42 Miguel Miramón

Miguel Miramón
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 29, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: June 19, 1867

 43 Juan Álvarez

Juan Álvarez
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Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: January 27, 1790
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atoyac de Álvarez, Mexico
Died: August 21, 1867

 44 Carlos Hank González

Carlos Hank González
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 28, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mexico
Died: August 11, 2001

 45 Eufemio Zapata

Eufemio Zapata
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: 1873 AD
Birthplace: Ciudad Ayala, Morelos, Mexico
Died: June 18, 1917

 46 Jackie Nava

Jackie Nava
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 11, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

 47 Lucas Alamán

Lucas Alamán
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: October 18, 1792
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Spain
Died: June 2, 1853

 48 Joel Molina Ramirez

Joel Molina Ramirez
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ixtacuixtla de Mariano Matamoros, Mexico
Died: October 24, 2020

 49 Luis Donaldo Colosio

Luis Donaldo Colosio.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Magdalena de Kino, Mexico
Died: March 23, 1994

Mexican politician Luis Donaldo Colosio was contesting as a PRI presidential candidate when he was assassinated during a campaign, leading to a media frenzy. While the supposed shooter was eventually convicted, the fact that the multiple shots fired at him came from different directions gave rise to several conspiracy theories.

 50 Jaime Torres Bodet

Jaime Torres Bodet
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 17, 1902
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: May 13, 1974