- NAME: Francisco de Paula Santander
- OCCUPATION: General, World Leader
- BIRTH DATE: April 02, 1792
- DEATH DATE: May 06, 1840
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Rosario de Cúcuta, New Granada (Colombia), Colombia
- PLACE OF DEATH: Bogotá, Colombia
- Full Name: Francisco José de Paula Santander y Omaña
- AKA: Francisco de Paula Santander
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Francisco de Paula Santander joined Simón Bolívar to end Spain's colonial rule in South America. He later became president of New Granada (now Colombia).
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Though Santander also cracked down on Bolívar's old allies, which led to an attempt to remove him from power, he accepted the outcome when his chosen successor was defeated in a presidential election.
After leaving the presidency, Santander served as a senator. He was 48 when he died in Bogotà on May 6, 1840—the same year that an uprising began against his successor, President José Ignacio de Márquez Barreto. Santander did not lend his support to this uprising, but the conflict grew, lasting until 1842. Though Santander had presided over a period of peace and growing prosperity, he was not able to ensure that those conditions would continue after his death.
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