Pablo Arosemena

Pablo ArosemenaPablo Arosemena
1836-1920

Pablo Arosemena was born in Panama City, Panama on September 24, 1836. He was an attorney who defended his ideals passionately before parliamentary tribunes and participated actively in the emancipation movement. The latter got him close to being executed. Arosemena was against Caudillismo and in favor of popular vote as the only means to establish a real democracy.

He also defended Insurrection as a way of letting rulers know when people have lost confidence in them. He considered Federalism as the only solution to centralism and the excessive government control seen in Latin America, including the Isthmus of Panama.

He was appointed to several political positions: president of the sovereign State of Panama (1875-1885), president of the Republic of Panama (1910-1912, 1920), president of Panama's National Constituent Convention (1904), Colombia congressman, Panama senator, secretary of the Treasury Department, foreign relations secretary, representative of the Colombian Government (1880).

He was a member, along with Jose Agustin Arango, of a commission appointed by the Provisional Government Junta to travel to Washington to start negotiations with the U.S. Government for a Panama Canal Treaty.

His major contribution was his initiative in 1910 to authorize Panama's National Bank to produce official currency known as the balboa. His legacy is included in his written work: Essays, Messages, Memoirs.

Arosemena passed away on August 20, 1920, in Panama City, Panama.