Manuel Amador Guerrero

Manuel A. Guerrero

Manuel Amador Guerrero
1835-1909

Amador Guerrero was born in Turbaco, Colombia, on June 30, 1835. He was a doctor whose greatest accomplishment was his unanimous appointment by the National Constituent Convention in 1904 to be the first president of Panama, once the independence from Colombia was achieved.

Amador Guerrero contributed to Panama's economic, political, and educational progress by making radical changes approved by the National Assembly and his Cabinet. Among the most significant: the reorganization of the Judicial, Executive, and Legislative Branches to set the foundation for a future democratic democratic system; modifications to the revenue system; the opening of the ports of Panama to international commerce; and the inauguration of high schools and art schools.

He defended the Hay-Bunau Varilla Treaty and put together a commission integrated by Belisario Porras and Francisco Filos. The main objective of this commission was to study the Panama Canal Treaty to clarify some Panamanian doubts about the rights given to the U.S. Government over the Canal Zone territory. They concluded that the treaty was not detrimental to Panama's sovereignty.

Manuel Amador passed away in Panama City, Panama on May 2, 1909.