Marcelino García Barragán was born in 1895, in Cuautitlán de García Barragán, Jalisco. A town that nowadays bears his name.
He started his military career at the age of 18 and participated in the Mexican Revolution War next to Pancho Villa.
He was friends with the president at the time, General Lázaro Cárdenas del Río. When he was 46 years old, he was the head of the Heroic Military Academy, where he had previously studied.
In 1943, he was elected as Jalisco's governor. The Governors' period lasted four years and Marcelino suggested the Congress to extend the period to six years; his proposal was rejected and was dismissed when he completed his time.
In 1960, President Adolfo López Mateos reinstated García Barragán into the Mexican Army, naming him commander of the seventeenth military zone in Toluca as well as the twenty-second military zone in Santiago de Querétaro.
President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz appointed him as secretary of the National Defense in 1964. A position of great importance during his career as he was in charge of the armed forces when the Tlatelolco's students' movement took place in 1968.
After the tragic event where hundreds of young students were killed, García Barragán retired from every political activity until his death in 1979.
Today, the Hall of Former Governors at the Palacio de Gobierno, houses the portraits of every governor in Jalisco. It is open to the public at the heart of Guadalajara, on Ramón Corona Street No. 31.
Continue enjoying our historic center and learning about the legacy of the Honorable Citizens of Jalisco.