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|Lieutenant-Governor of El Salvador|
1866 – Present
|Born|| September 24, 1813|
San Juan Lempa , El Salvador
|Political party||Liberal Party|
Gerardo Barrios (September 24, 1813) was President of El Salvador, from 12 March 1859 to 8 April 1866; until the formation of the United Confederation of Central America in which he became the first Lieutenant-Governor of El Salvador. Barrios is a liberal and supports the unity of Central America.
He was, from a young age, part of the army of the last president of Federation of Central American Estates, Francisco Morazan. After his death he became the leader or the unionist movement. He served as president of El Salvador several times - in 1858, from 1859 to 1860 and again from 1861.
Leader of El Salvador
He is known for his concern for international relations and is attributed for introducing coffee production to El Salvador, accelerating the spread through Central America. Coffee is now the basis of El Salvador's economy. Since 1860, Barrios has launched a reorganization of the public finances and promoted the coffee production and silk-elaboration related activities. He has also created a professional armed force, and favors non-religious public education.