Who was the leader or President of Panama for a short time before being exiled to Columbia?I was told it was a relative of my great-grandfather. While he was in Columbia he recieved a medal there,...

Who was the leader or President of Panama for a short time before being exiled to Columbia?

I was told it was a relative of my great-grandfather. While he was in Columbia he recieved a medal there, for what I don't remember.

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There has never been a Panamanian president with the name of Morales, so you may have to supply some more information in order to come up with a positive identification. However, after researching all of Panama's previous presidents, the best possibility may be Belisario Porras Barahona (1856-1942). He served three times as Panama's president, and was educated in Bogota during the time in which Panama was still a part of Colombia. He also studied in Belgium before moving to the isthmus of Panama. While there, he became

... the target of persecution by the reigning Conservative government in Bogotá. Exiled to Nicaragua and El Salvador, he took jobs as a professor and a reporter.

He returned to Panama as a general in the Thousand Days War in 1900, where he led troops against a threat presented by Costa Rica. He was exiled again (although the location is not mentioned).

Porras returned to exile until 1904, after his homeland had acquired its independence, and became a diplomat until sweeping into the presidency in 1912.

This may not be the relative you seek, but Porras may be a good start to continue your search.

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I am not sure that his last name was Morales either, but he was a relative of Hernando Morales.Hernando was born in St.Thomas and was married to Meline Hoeb.   E. Morales

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