He was mayor 1903; and was made a magistrate for the county of Durham.
They were convened by the magistrate, who presided as in the Roman senate.
The tenure of the presidential office was for two years, and at every alternate election Guzman Blanco was declared to be duly and legally chosen to fill the post of chief magistrate of the republic. In 1889 there was an open revolt against the dictatorial system so long in vogue; and President Rojas Paul, Blanco's locum tenens, was forced to flee the country and take refuge in the Dutch colony of Curacoa.
It was impossible, however, for a Roman magistrate of the time to rid himself of the idea that all forms of religion must do homage to the civil power.
The right and duty of appointing a praefect belonged to the magistrate (king, Latinarum.