Skip to main content

Restrepo, Carlos Eugenio (1867–1947)

Restrepo, Carlos Eugenio (1867–1947)

Carlos Eugenio Restrepo (b. 12 September 1867; d. 6 July 1947), president of Colombia (1910–1914). Born into a prestigious but poor family in Medellín, he studied law in his hometown. Restrepo began a bureaucratic career in his early twenties. His diligence and honesty brought him important posts. He served in the War of the Thousand Days, then returned home to the rectorship of the University of Antioquia (1901–1902). Later he became professor of constitutional law there. Elected as a Conservative to the Congress of 1909, Restrepo strongly opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Reyes. These personal and political credentials won him election to the presidency in 1910—the first Antioquian to hold the office for a full term. His term coincided with a boom in coffee exports that made possible expansion in educational and transportation infrastructure, legal codification, and pensions for schoolteachers. Colombia's territories were also reorganized, and the Thomson-Urrutia Treaty with the United States was negotiated in 1914. Restrepo's Unión Republicana, an effort at bipartisanship, ceased to exist after he left office. Back in Antioquia, he became a spokesperson for the region's interests and, in 1930, for the presidential candidacy of the Liberal Enrique Olaya Herrera. Restrepo served Olaya as minister of interior (1930) and as ambassador to the Holy See (1931–1934). He died in Medellín.

See alsoAntioquia; Colombia: Since Independence.


Ivan Duque Escobar, Perfil y huella de Carlos E. Restrepo (1982).

Ignacio Arizmendi Posada, Presidentes de Colombia, 1810–1990 (1989), pp. 205-208.

Additional Bibliography

Brugman, Catalina. "El fracaso del republicanismo en Colombia, 1910–1914." Historia Crítica 21 (January-June 2001): 91-110.

                                 J. LeÓn Helguera

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Restrepo, Carlos Eugenio (1867–1947)." Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. . 19 Apr. 2019 <>.

"Restrepo, Carlos Eugenio (1867–1947)." Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. . (April 19, 2019).

"Restrepo, Carlos Eugenio (1867–1947)." Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. . Retrieved April 19, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.