Marriage of Benito and Margarita Júarez, the President and First Lady of Mexico

Before there was Barack and Michelle or George and Laura, the admired power couple of the Americas was Benito and Margarita Júarez, the President and First Lady of Mexico.  The couple married on July 31, 1843 in Oaxaca, a province in southwestern Mexico on the Pacific Coast.  Benito Júarez is one of Mexico’s most revered presidents.  He was a Zapotec Indian who lifted achieved the Americano dream of an education and pursuit of a distinguished legal and political career.  He challenged the privileged 1% of the Mexican economic elite, and worked for social justice. Margarita stood with him throughout his turbulent, idealistic political career, giving him the emotional support and inspiration that sustained him.