Famous Mexican Military Leaders

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Lázaro Cárdenas
(President of Mexico)
Lázaro Cárdenas
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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.

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Antonio López de Santa Anna
(8th President of Mexico)
Antonio López de Santa Anna
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Birthdate: February 21, 1794
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Xalapa, Mexico
Died: June 21, 1876

Antonio López de Santa Anna was a Mexican general and politician. His significant contribution in post-independence Mexican politics during the first half of the 19th century has led historians to refer to this period as the Age of Santa Anna. Santa Anna was played by Joaquim de Almeida in a deleted scene in the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro.

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Victoriano Huerta
(Former President of Mexico)
Victoriano Huerta
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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.

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Plutarco Elías Calles
(47th President of Mexico (1924 - 1928))
Plutarco Elías Calles
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Birthdate: September 25, 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guaymas, Mexico
Died: October 19, 1945

Remembered for modernizing the revolutionary forces of Mexico, military leader Plutarco Elías Calles later served his country as its president. Initially a schoolteacher, he later joined Madero’s campaign against dictator Porfirio Diaz. He also established the National Revolutionary Party and was a supporter of social justice and labor rights.

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

One of the most talked-about guerrilla leaders since Che Guevara, Subcomandante Marcos led the Zapatista National Liberation Army. An excellent student in his youth, he briefly taught and later moved to the Chiapas, where he led a rebellion in support of the indigenous people. He is also a talented poet and author.

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Álvaro Obregón
(46th President of Mexico (1920 - 1924))
Álvaro Obregón
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Birthdate: February 19, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Siquisiva, Siquisiva, Mexico
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.
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John Sutter
(Swiss Immigrant Known for Establishing 'Sutter's Fort' in the Area that Would Eventually Become Sacramento, California)
John Sutter
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Birthdate: February 23, 1803
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kandern, Germany
Died: June 18, 1880

John Sutter, also known as Don Juan Sutter, was a German-born Swiss colonizer who established Sutter's Fort, or modern-day Sacramento, the capital of California. After one of his employees, a carpenter named James W. Marshall, found gold in his area in 1848, the California Gold Rush began.

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Manuel González Flores
(31st President of Mexico)
Manuel González Flores
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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. 

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Margarita Neri
(Mexican Female Revolutionary Who Fiercely Led an Army of Over 1000 Soldiers in 1910)
Margarita Neri
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Birthplace: Mexico

Zapatista commander Margarita Neri was an integral part of the Mexican Revolution and a true guerrera. Known for her ruthless tactics of slaughter and looting, she led an army of more than 1000 soldiers through Tabasco and Chiapas, and fought like a man. Some believed she was an officer under Zapata.

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Felipe Neri
(Mexican Revolutionary Leader Who Led the Liberation Army of the South)
Felipe Neri
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Birthdate: August 23, 1884
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cuernavaca, Mexico
Died: December 31, 1914

Part of the Mexican Revolution, soldier and general Felipe Neri led the Liberation Army of the South. He had a unique way of punishing his captives by chopping off their ears, which earned him the nickname Mochaorejas. Though part of Zapatista's forces, he was eventually assassinated by Zapata’s men.