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Alegría, Usulután, El Salvador — Central America (West Coast)
 

Doctor Manuel Enrique Araujo

 
 
Doctor Manuel Enrique Araujo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 21, 2016
1. Doctor Manuel Enrique Araujo Marker
Inscription.
Al ilustre patricio
Doctor Manuel Enrique Araujo
12 de octubre
1865-1965
Homenaje de la
Asamblea Legislativa

English translation:
To the illustrious patrician
Doctor Manuel Enrique Araujo
October 12
1865-1965
100th Anniversary of his birth
Tribute from the
Legislative Assembly

 
Erected 1965.
 
Location. 13° 30.45′ N, 88° 29.275′ W. Marker is in Alegría, Usulután. Marker is on 1a Avenida just from Calle Principal, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is attached to the front of a house on the western side of the avenue one block before the central park on the main street of Alegría.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. House Where Alberto Masferrer Was Born (a few steps from this marker); Roberto Edmundo Canessa (approx. 3.7 kilometers away); Field Marshal Santiago González (approx. 3.7 kilometers away); The Cuscatlán Bridge (approx. 14.4 kilometers away in San Vicente).
 
Regarding Doctor Manuel Enrique Araujo. Manuel Enrique Araujo was a President of El Salvador. He was born on October 12, 1865 near what is
Doctor Manuel Enrique Araujo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 21, 2016
2. Doctor Manuel Enrique Araujo Marker
now the town of Alegría to the wealthy family of coffee growers. He was assassinated in the Bolivar Park (now the Parque Cívico) of San Salvador while listening to a concert.

At age forty-five, Dr. Araujo stood as an official candidate for president in the election of November 1910, and won the office with the support of outgoing President Fernando Figueroa. During his presidency, the Army received special attention and increased funding. Many foreign military advisors were hired to educate and train Salvadoran officers. In 1912, Araujo founded the National Guard as a rural police force. Former officers of the Spanish Civil Guard were recruited to train them and to provide men for his private security corps.

On February 9, 1913, during a concert in the San Salvador Bolivar Park (now Plaza Barrios or Plaza Cívico), President Araujo was severely wounded when farmers Mulatilo Virgilio, Fermin Perez and Fabian Graciano assaulted him with machetes. Araujo died five days later and was buried in Los Ilustres Cemetery in San Salvador. The motives of the attackers, who were executed after a military trial, were never thoroughly investigated.
 
Categories. Politics
 
Park bench where Doctor Manuel Enrique Araujo was sitting when attacked. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 19, 2016
3. Park bench where Doctor Manuel Enrique Araujo was sitting when attacked.
The attack happened in the park right in front of the National Palace of El Salvador. The bench can still be seen in one of the upper exhibit rooms in the National Palace.
Doctor Manuel Enrique Araujo tomb in Los Ilustres Cemetery, San Salvador image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 11, 2015
4. Doctor Manuel Enrique Araujo tomb in Los Ilustres Cemetery, San Salvador
The Araujo grave is in the background, in the shape of a small mountain. In the foreground is supposedly the unmarked grave of former dictator Martinez, assassinated in 1966 in Honduras.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 5, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4. submitted on June 9, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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