Colunje, Gil (1831–1898)

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Colunje, Gil (1831–1898)

Gil Colunje (b. 1831; d. 1898), Panamanian jurist who spent most of his life in Colombia, where he became a senator. In his writings he often speaks against government corruption and injustice, which gained the admiration and respect of the people. He was repeatedly harassed by the government because of his ideas. Colunje held many government posts throughout his life. He served as minister of foreign relations, member of the Supreme Court, president of the Bank of Bogotá, and rector of the Colegio Mayor del Rosario. In 1865 he occupied briefly the presidency of the Sovereign State of Panama.

See alsoColombia: Since Independence; Panama.


Ernesto De Jesús Castillero Reyes, Historia de Panamá, 7th ed. (1962).

Jorge Conte Porras, Diccionario biográfico ilustrado de Panamá, 2d ed. (1986).

Additional Bibliography

Araúz, Celestino Andrés, and Patricia Pizzurno Gelós. El Panamá colombiano (1821–1903). Panamá: Primer Banco de Ahorros y Diario La Prensa de Panamá, 1993.

Bonilla, Heraclio, and Gustavo Montañez. Colombia y Panamá: La metamorfosis de la nación en el siglo XX. Bogotá: Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2004.

                                    Juan Manuel PÉrez

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