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Name: Vazquez Gomez , Francisco (1860-1933)

Historical Note:

Francisco Vázquez Goméz (23 September 1860-16 August 1933) served as personal physician to Mexican president Porfirio Diaz, as Minister of Public Instruction to President Francisco Lean de la Barra and as a running mate to Francisco I. Madero during the 1910 presidential elections. Prior to this Vázquez Goméz had been a supporter of Bernardo Reyes, another presidential hopeful with strong ties to Diaz' regime.

Francisco Vázquez Goméz was born in Tula, Tamaulipas, into a rich Amerindian family. He studied Medicine in Mexico City and worked as a phyisician in Jalapa before returning to serve as the personal physician to long-time serving President Diaz. In 1909 he joined his brother Emilio in the anti-reelectionist movement but refused to join a national call to arms after the government illegally imprisoned former presidential candidate Francisco I. Madero, with whom he campaigned on a narrow, pro free-market and democratic government.

After a short voluntary exile in El Paso, Texas, he returned to Mexico to assume the Ministry of Public Instruction in the presidential cabinet of Francisco Lean de la Barra.

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