Francisco Gregorio Billini (1844-1898) Writer, politician and Dominican Educator . President of the Republic (1884-1885), resigned after refusing to limit the freedom of the press. She is author of the costumbrista novel Baní or Engracia and Antoñita (1892) and of diverse plays. the 25 of April of 1844 was born in Santo Domingo. Writer, journalist, educator and politician. Son of Hipólito Billini and Maria de Regla Aristy. He made his primary and secondary studies in his native city in the School of Boneau Father. Soon he passed to the Council Seminary Santo Tomás de Aquino where he was disciple of Fernando Arthur de Meriño. Its militancy in the Blue party and its conviction that the country had to preserve its independence motivated, it to participate in the War of the Restoration of 1863-1865. His repudio to the antipopular policy of Báez cost the exile to him in 1868. To its return to the country one evolved like government official arriving To be delegated by Azua (1874), Minister military and Navy (1880) and President of the Senate and the Congress (1882). In 1884, after one fought electoral fight in which he overcame to Casimiro Nemesio de Moya, President of the Republic was chosen. 1ro took possession from the position. of September of 1864 and it resigned to the same the 16 of May of 1885, Its unexpected resignation disturbed to many of its followers. In 1890 as a result of the death of its uncle, the philanthropist Father Francisco Xavier Billini, assumed the direction of the School Gonzaga San Luis. The Echo of the Opinion founded the newspaper (1879) and collaborated assiduously with the National, the Cable, Letters and Sciences, the Messenger and the Patriotic one. Its more excellent contribution of Billini to national Literature is the novel Baní or Engra-company and Antoñita (1882), in which it judges the politico-social behavior and the customs of the nineteenth-century banilejos. It died in Santo Domingo the 28 of November of 1898.
NOVEL: Baní or Engracia and Antoñita. Santo Domingo: It presses the Echo of the Opinion, 1892. THEATER: Love and purification. Santo Domingo: It presses the Town, 1882.
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