1803 - August 10, 1880
José Maria Yáñez served as a career military officer, gaining his first military experience fighting in the Mexican War of Independence against Spain in the 1810s. He also fought against invading French forces in 1838 during the Pastry War. Leading up to the U.S.-Mexico War in the 1840s, Yáñez proved instrumental in implementing the Plan de Jalisco y Guadalajara, which occurred on May 20, 1846, and named Santa Anna as the caudillo of Mexico in an attempt to remove Mariano Paredes y Arrillaga from power.
During the U.S. - Mexico War, Yáñez served as a General in Jalisco and mounted a successful defense against the invading U.S. forces that attacked that state in January 1848. After the war, Yáñez went on to become governor of Jalisco, staged an effective defense against U.S. filibusters who attempted to seize Baja California and Sonora, as well as French, German, and Chilean filibusters who invaded Sonora in 1854. As a result of these victories, Yáñez received the titles of both governor of Sonora and governor of Sinaloa. He died in 1880 while serving as the Minister of War and Navy.
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