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Benito Juárez was a national hero and president of Mexico, who, for three years (1864-'67), fought against foreign occupation under Maximilian.
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Born on March 21, 1806, in San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca, Mexico, Benito Juárez was president of Mexico (1861-'72) and for three years (1864-'67) fought against foreign occupation under Archduke Maximilian of Austria, who was finally captured by Mexican forces and executed him. Impeccably honest, Juárez also sought constitutional reforms to create a democratic federal republic.
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