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Antonio Narino
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Military Personnel
    (April 9, 1765-December 13, 1823)
    Born in Bogota, Colombia
    Antonio Amador José de Nariño Bernardo del Casal
    Vice President of the Republic of Colombia (Interim; 1821)
    Governor of Cundinamarca (1811 - 1814)
    Led the Southern military campaign against the Spanish and the Royalists (1813 - 14)
    He was a tax collector.
    He was from an aristocratic family.
    He lost the election to President of Gran Colombia to Simon Bolivar (1821).
    He was elected interim vice president but soon renounced his office for reasons of health.
    His rivals accused him of accused him of malfeasance of public funds, cowardice, and treason (which was likely just part of a smear campaign).
    He had a portrait of Benjamin Franklin above his library mantle.
    He translated the Declaration of the Rights of Man and had the document printed in his own house (1794).
    He was accused of sedition, convicted by the highest court of the land, and sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment in Africa, permanent exile, and the confiscation of his property (1795).
    He was captured by enemy forces and held prisoner following the Southern campaign when he was falsely reported dead, resulting in his being abandoned by his own troops (1814).
    Colombia named one of its provinces in his honor.
    He is referenced in the final stanza of the Colombian national anthem.

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