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Benito Juarez

Mexican Politician & Hero

After a series of discussions with his chief mentor, Antonio Salanueva, who since his arrival in Oaxaca supported him in all his studies; Juarez left the seminary and decided to study a degree in Law at Oaxaca’s Institute of Science and Arts.

As a law student, he learned French, English and mastered Latin. He was a great student of Civil and Canonical Law and was greatly esteemed by teachers and peers to such an extent that he was appointed rector of the Institute in 1831, professing and openly advocating liberal ideas and defending indigenous communities in the region.

Because of his brilliant career as a student, he was named Alderman of the City of Oaxaca in 1932, Deputy Minister of the State Court and a year later, became a local deputy.

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