Famous Mexican Presidents

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 1 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.

 2 Felipe Calderón

Felipe Calderón
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Famous As: Former President of Mexico
Birthdate: August 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morelia
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 3 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.

 4 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.

 5 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." 

 6 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.

 7 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."

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 8 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.

 9 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

 10 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

 11 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

 12 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

 13 Manuel González Flores

Manuel Gonzalez
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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. 

 14 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

 15 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

 16 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

 17 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