Amador Guerrero, Manuel

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Manuel Amador Guerrero (mänwĕl´ ämädōr´ gārā´rō), 1833–1909, first president of Panama (1904–8), b. Colombia. A physician, he served as medical officer for the Panama RR and was a leader in the movement for Panamanian independence from Colombia. As the emissary (1903) for the revolutionaries to the United States, he helped obtain U.S. aid for the successful revolution. He was unanimously selected president of the new republic by the constitutional convention despite a stipulation in the constitution that the president be born in Panama.