Manuel de Mier y Terán

Manuel Mier y Terán
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6th Minister of War and Marine
In office
12 March 1824 – 18 December 1824
President Guadalupe Victoria
(since 10 October 1824)
Preceded by José Joaquín de Herrera
Succeeded by José Castro
Personal details
Born February 18, 1789 (1789-02-18)
Mexico City, Viceroyalty of New Spain
Died July 3, 1832 (1832-07-04) (aged 43)
Padilla, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Military service
Allegiance Estandarte de Hidalgo.svg Mexican insurgents

Bandera del Primer Imperio Mexicano.svg First Mexican Empire

Bandera de la Primera República Federal de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos.svg First Mexican Republic
Branch/service Mexican Army
Years of service 1811—1832
Rank Brigadier General
Battles/wars Mexican War of Independence:
  • Battle of Tehuacán

Barradas Expedition:

  • Battle of Pueblo Viejo

José Manuel Rafael Simeón de Mier y Terán (February 18, 1789 — July 3, 1832), commonly called Manuel de Mier y Terán or General Teran, was a Mexican general involved in the Mexican and Texan revolutions.

First empire and republic

He was elected to the First Mexican Congress as the representative for Chiapas and served on its committee for the colonization of unoccupied territory. Two years later, he made brigadier general and served as Minister of War under President Guadalupe Victoria, although he resigned within nine months over differences with the administration.

He then served as State Inspector at Veracruz, part of a Mexican mission to England, and director of the Mexican School of Artillery until 1827. The same year, he went to Tamaulipas and Texas.


After returning to Mexico, General Terán served as second in command to Santa Anna during his defense of Tampico against the Spanish invasion of 1829. He participated in the Capitulation of Pueblo Viejo. Their success made them both national heroes. Considered a strong candidate for president, he lost his chance when Santa Anna and Zavala's coup d'etat briefly gave the position to Vicente Guerrero. The next year, another coup elevated Anastasio Bustamante, who named Mier y Terán as his commandant general for the northeastern provinces, giving Terán military and civil authority over the provinces of Coahuila y Tejas, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas.

Headquartered at the recently renamed city of Matamoros, he arrived in Galveston Bay in November 1831, to review the port of Anahuac and install the Serb George Fisher as its new customs agent. Texian scofflaws had been smuggling and evading taxes, so he granted Fisher authority over the mouth of the Brazos River, as well. The general instructed John Bradburn to enforce title fees and remove an unauthorized ayuntamiento installed at Liberty. These administrative changes led directly to the Anahuac Disturbances.

With the prospect of renewed civil war in Mexico and difficulties in Texas, Mier y Terán was in poor health, tired and depressed because his wife had just left him. Following a Federalist victory near Matamoros on July 3, 1832, the general committed suicide, falling on his sword in the church of Padilla, Tamaulipas. It was the same location where Emperor Agustín de Iturbide had been executed in 1824, following his return from exile by the men of General de la Garza. The general's remains were buried with Iturbide's until 1838, when the emperor's bones were re-interred in Mexico City.


General Terán was the youngest of the three sons of Manuel de Mier y Terán and his wife María Ignacia de Teruel y Llanos.


The city of General Terán in Nuevo León, Mexico, is named in his honor. Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, however, was named after Francisco Mier y Torre, the governor of Nuevo León from 1710 to 1714.

He was also the namesake of Fort Terán on the Neches River in modern Tyler County, Texas.

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