Luis Cordero Crespo

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Luis Benjamín Cordero y Crespo
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14th President of Ecuador
In office
July 1, 1892 – April 16, 1895
Vice President Pablo Herrera
Vicente Lucio Salazar
Preceded by Antonio Flores Jijón
Succeeded by Vicente Lucio Salazar
President of the Provisional Government of Quito
In office
February 14, 1883 – July 9, 1883
Preceded by José María Sarasti
Succeeded by Rafael Pérez Pareja
Member of the Provisional Government of Quito
In office
February 14, 1883 – October 11, 1883
Personal details
Born (1833-04-06)April 6, 1833
Déleg, Cañar, Ecuador
Died January 30, 1912(1912-01-30) (aged 78)
Cuenca, Ecuador
Nationality Ecuadorian
Political party Progresistas
Jesús Dávila Heredia
(m. 1867; died 1891)

Josefina Espinosa Astorga
(m. 1896; died 1900)

Luis Benjamín Cordero y Crespo (6 April 1833 – 30 January 1912) was President of Ecuador 1 July 1892 to 16 April 1895. Corder was born April 6, 1833 in the Cañar province of Ecuador to parents Gregorio Cordero and Josefa Crespo. Cordero Studied at the Seminary High School in Cuenca, and later the Central University of Ecuador in Quito. In 1865 Crespo became a lawyer, arguing cases before the Supreme Court of Cuenca. After his career in law, Crespo began publishing poetry and in 1892 published the first Quicha-Spanish dictionary.

Political career

Luis Cordero was also a politician, serving as a member of the Progresistas, a liberal Catholic political party, and was a member of the provisional governing junta which led the Progresistas to power in 1883.

In 1892 Corder became president of Ecuador. Despite being a popular leader, Luis Cordero was forced to leave office following an international political scandal known as La venta de la bandera, or the sale of the flag. During the First Sino-Japanese war, the Ecuadorian ambassador to Chile sold weapons to Japan on behalf of Chilean businessmen, despite Chile's declared neutrality. The shipment was detained while sporting the Ecuadorian flag to cover for Chile's involvement, so the public blamed Cordero who, after a short armed conflict, was forced to resign. Former president and then-Governor of Guayas province, José María Plácido Caamaño, was discovered to be involved in the affair, so he was forced into exile where he died. In 1898 the Ecuadorian Supreme Court dropped all charges against Cordero after the Ecuadorian ambassador's involvement came to light.

Luis Cordero wrote poems in Spanish and Kichwa and published the first Kichwa-Spanish-Kichwa dictionary in Ecuador in 1892.


  • Dos cantos a la Raza Latina
  • Elogio de Malo y Solano
  • Poesías Jocosas
  • Poesías Serias
  • El Rimini llacta y el Cuchiquillca
  • El Adios
  • Luis Cordero (1892): Quichua Shimiyuc Panca: Quichua-Castilla, Castilla-Quichua = Diccionario Quichua Quichua-Castellano, Castellano-Quichua. Coleccion Kashcanchicracmi, 1, 427 pankakuna, 4th edition, January 1989, ISBN 9978-84-042-7

External links

  • Official Website of the Ecuadorian Government about the country President's History[permanent dead link]
  • ¡Rinimi, Llacta! – Poems of Luis Cordero Crespo in Quichua, with Spanish translation
Political offices
Preceded by
Antonio Flores
President of Ecuador
Succeeded by
Vicente Lucio Salazar

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