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Abraham Lincoln, Benito Juarez

These presidents represent the friendship between both sides of the border. Benito Juárez was Mexico’s president for a brief time in 1858 and again from 1867 until his death in 1872. Abraham Lincoln was the President of the United States from 1861 until his death in 1865. Both presidents served under internal national conflict. Lincoln led the U.S. Union in the Civil War (1860-1865) that clashed the North against the South. Juárez commanded the liberation movement in the Reform War (1858-1861) pitting liberals against conservatives.

Though they never met personally, the common experience of leadership during fratricidal war bonded them as leaders. When Juárez had to flee Mexico City in 1858, Lincoln sent him a message expressing hope "for the liberty of . . . your government and its people." Likewise, Juárez supported the Union even after Confederate diplomats tried to enlist Mexico’s support for the Southern cause.

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Describe other political alliances between the U.S. and Mexico.

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Mexico’s Lincoln

Benito Juarez

Read More, Learn More:

Vidal, Gore. 1998. Lincoln: A Novel. New York: Random House.

Ridley, Jasper. 2001. Maximilian & Juarez. Phoenix: Phoenix Press.