President of the Dominican Republic from 1882 to 1884 and then again from 1887 until his assassination in 1899.
Prior to becoming President, he first worked as the Interior Minister to Fernando Meriño, a Catholic Priest who'd become head-of-state in 1880.
His nickname among close friends and family was Lilís.
He was born in San Felipe de Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
He and pro-boxer Leo Cruz were both originally from the Dominican Republic.