Aug 9, 2017

200th Birthday - JUSTO AROSEMENA

Today, August 9th, is the 200th birthdate of Justo Arosemena Quesada. 

From Wikipedia... 

Justo Arosemena Quesada (August 9, 1817 – February 23, 1896) was a statesmanwriterlawyer and politician from Panama who lived during the period of union with Colombia. He dedicated his life to the cause of the autonomy of the Isthmus of Panama in and as a part of Colombia, and is regarded as "the most illustrious of the Panamanian and father of Panamanian nationality."

Arosemena was born in Panama City, the son of Dolores de Quesada and Mariano Arosemena, a national hero during the independence of Panama from Spain in 1821. He attended elementary school in Panama, and when he was 16 years old, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the College of San Bartolomé in Bogota

Later, he graduated in law at the Universidad Central de Bogota. Between 1837 and 1839 he received his doctorate in law at the Universidad del Magdalena. He also conducted studies in the field of sociology.

He was elected deputy to the Provincial House of Panama (1850–1851), and subsequently as a representative to the National Congress of Colombia(1852–1853). As a statesman, he strongly supported both a respect for human rights and a greater autonomy for the Isthmus of Panama in Colombia. For this reason, the federal state of Panama was created, and he was elected as its first president in 1855. He resigned his position a few months later.

By 1863 he was president of the National Convention of Rio Negro, in which Colombia became a confederation of sovereign states, among them Panama. Since 1865, he was involved in diplomacy, was representative of Panama in Washington D.C. for several years, Ambassador of Panama in Chile, Colombia Minister Resident in the United Kingdom, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in the United Kingdom and France (1872), and intermediary in settling the border between Colombia and Venezuela (1880). In 1868 he was responsible for negotiating the conditions in which Colombia allowed the United States the excavation of a canal in the Isthmus of Panama. He was also a lawyer consultant to the Panama Railroad Company (1888).

In 1878, with the help of the educator José Manuel Hurtado and politician Buenaventura Correoso, he prompted the founding of the first public library in Panama, for which he donated more than 60 volumes related to history and law. In 1886, with the promulgation of the Constitution of Panama, he withdrew himself from public life and he is dedicated to the legal profession until his death in the city of Colon, at the age of 78.

His legacy as a jurist was recognized posthumously when the headquarters of the National Assembly of Panama was named after him.

Justo Arosemena wrote a series of essays that frame his work as a lawyer and sociologist. The most significant of all is "The Federal State of Panama", where he describes the Panamanian history and its nationality, stressing the importance of the isthmus of Panama to become an independent country and describing various geographical, historical and social arguments for the creation of a Panamanian federal state within the confederation of Nueva Granada. In 1855 these ideas were jelled with the creation of the Federal State of Panama. This essay is considered the most comprehensive study on the Panamanian nationality in the 19th century.[1]

As a member of the Congress of Nueva Granada (1850) and as senator of Istmo de Panamá (1853), he authored many legal codifications and was instrumental in bringing about the autonomy of the Colombian federal state of Panama. His extensive drafts of legal codifications, the so-called Proyectos Arosemena, were to become the basis of Panamanian and Colombian legislation in the second half of the 19th century.

from 1817, through today:

Justo Arosemena Quesada was born in 1817, on August 9th. 

One of Justo's  7 children, Jose Fabio Arosemena de la Barrera is 
the Father of Fabio Camilo Arosemena. Jose Fabio was born in 1840.

Fabio Camilo Arosemena was born in 1867.  

Fabio Camilo, had 4 children: Justo Fabio, Dora, Demetrio Pastor, and my Grandpa Rogelio Augustin Arosemena, who was born in 1894. 

Grandpa Rogelio I, had two sons, Rogelio Augusto II, our DAD, born in 1926, and Ricardo,our Uncle, in 1927.   

When our DAD was 30, Rogelio Augusto III, our brother was born in 1956. 

Rogelio Augusto IV, was born in 1996. 

 (L to R)
Rogelio II,  Rogelio III, Fabio, & Rogelio I 
Photo was taken in 1956 in Panama City, Panama 

Rogelio IV and Rogelio III
Photo taken in Panama City, Panama several years ago