Born: 1802-XX-XX Mexico
Died: 1855-XX-XX Spain
Mariano Arista was a soldier, freedom fighter, military commander, minister of war, and president of Mexico. Born to Spanish parents, Arista became a cadet in the army at age eleven. He fought on behalf of Mexico in the Mexican War of Independence, then became a leader of political freemasons known as
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