Adolfo de la Huerta, the forgotten man of the Sonora triumvirate



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Three Sonorans, Alvaro Obregon, Plutarco Elfas Calles, and Adolfo de la Huerta, led a successful rebellion in 1920 that pivoted the Mexican Revolution from the Inactive conservatism of Venustiano Carranza to the active phase which gave meaning to the words of the Constitution of 1917. As a result this "Sonora Triumvirate" gained ascendancy in the national government, and each became president of Mexico. The first to become president, Adolfo de la Huerta, had been an active revolutionary since 1908, and had served in Carranza's government and as governor and senator for Sonora. Upon the success of the rebellion the national Congress elected him interim President to fulfill Carranza's term. During his interim, De la Huerta, using his gift for conciliation, returned Mexico to relative peace with little additional violence. In peaceful elections, Mexico chose Obregon to be the next president, and De la Huerta served him as finance minister. As such he negotiated Mexico's first postrevolutionary agreement for the payment of her national debt, the advantageous Lamont-De la Huerta agreement. To this success may be attributed the first rift in the Triumvirate; a rift arising from the jealousy created by his success. [...]