Benjamín Zeledón

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Benjamín Francisco Alexander
Portrait of Benjamín Zeledón in his youth.
Born (1879-10-04)October 4, 1879
La Concordia, Jinotega, Nicaragua
Died October 4, 1912(1912-10-04) (aged 33)
Catarina, Masaya, Nicaragua
Allegiance Nicaragua
Years of service 1907 - 1912
Rank General
Battles/wars Battle of Namasigüe, Battle of Masaya
Awards National Hero of Nicaragua

Benjamín Francisco Zeledón Rodríguez (October 4, 1879 – October 4, 1912) was a Nicaraguan lawyer, politician and soldier known under the posthumous title of National Hero of Nicaragua.

Liberal-Conservative Revolution 1912

He was one of the leaders of an uprising against President Adolfo Díaz, regarded by many as a United States puppet.[citation needed] His rebel forces opened fire on American Marines and sailors at Masaya on September 19, 1912. After the surrender of General Luis Mena on September 23, Zeledón assumed the supreme command of the Revolution thus became Supreme Leader of the Government in rebellion. He was killed during the Battle of Coyotepe Hill, when United States Marines recaptured Fort Coyotepe and the city of Masaya from rebels. His body was carried on an oxcart by the Marines to be buried in Catarina. This image greatly impacted future Nicaraguan revolutionary Augusto César Sandino.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Luis Mena
President of Nicaragua (rebel)
23 September 1912 - 4 October 1912
Succeeded by
Emiliano Chamorro Vargas