Manuel María de los Santos Acosta Castillo
(1828–1901) was a Colombian General
and political figure
. He served as the president of Colombia
from 1867 until 1868.
Acosta was born in Miraflores, Boyacá
, on November 1, 1828. He died in Bogotá
on January 9, 1901.Arismendi Posada, Ignacio; Gobernantes Colombianos
; trans. Colombian Presidents; Interprint Editors Ltd., Italgraf, Segunda Edición; Page 81; Bogotá, Colombia; 1983
Although Acosta studied and graduated in medicine, he did not practice this profession. Rather, he pursued military and political careers. He was elected several times as MP, both to the House of Representatives and the Senate. Santos Acosta was one of the main players during the constitutional reform of 1853.
In 1867, Congress elected Acosta as second Vice-President. Congress had also elected Santos Gutiérrez
as first Vice-President and Joaquín Riascos
as third Vice-President.