Paredes y Arrillaga, Mariano
Flourished: Mexico City, Mexico
Paredes was a Mexican army officer, conservative, and monarchist who participated in multiple coups throughout his career. After helping to bring José J. Herrera to power, he overthrew him in 1845 to become the president of the Republic of Mexico, a post he held until summer 1846.
Timothy J. Henderson, A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States (New York: Hill and Wang, 2007), 117-18, 130, 158; Amy S. Greenberg, A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico (New York: Vintage Books, 2013), 78-79; Pedro Santoni, Mexicans at Arms: Puro Federalists and the Politics of War, 1845-1848 (Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1996), 129; Christopher Conway, ed., The U.S.-Mexican War: A Binational Reader (Indianapolis: Hackett, 2010), 54.