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Augusto Bernardino Legu a y Salcedo was a Peruvian politician who
twice occupied the Presidency of Peru, from 1908 to 1912 and from
1919 to 1930. Augusto Legu a was born in Lambayeque in 1863 to one
of the most distinguished families of the Peruvian oligarchy.
Educated in Valpara so, Chile, he served in the Peruvian army
during the War of the Pacific. After the war he moved to the United
States and became an insurance executive with the New York Life
Insurance Company. By the 1900s, Legu a had become very wealthy and
decided to return to Peru. He entered politics in 1903 at the
urging of Manuel Candamo and also of Jos Pardo, who was Prime
Minister. Legu a took the position of Minister of Finance, a post
he would retain until 1904, when the former Prime Minister Jos
Pardo became president.
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