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Pancho Villa sitting the presidential chair next to Emilliano Zapata

Pancho Villa sitting the presidential chair next to Emilliano Zapata

Sitter: Tomás Urbina (1877 - 1915)

Sitter: Francisco "Pancho" Villa (1878 - 1923)

Sitter: Emiliano Zapata (1879 - 1919)

Photographer / Artist: Otis Aultman

Department: Photo Archives
Date: December 1914
Medium: Albumen silver print
6 5/16 × 9 1/8 in. (16 × 23.1 cm)
Classification: Photography
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of William K. Durbon on behalf of Colonel and Mrs. Donald A. Young
Object number: PA1977.065.094
DescriptionPancho Villa sits in the president's chair in Mexico City next to General Emilliano Zapata (to Villa's left). The three seated men in the front are (from l-r): Tomas Urbina, Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata, and OtillioSupporters crowd around them in the room. Deposed President Diaz had once boasted that Villa would never occupy the chair. Villa and Zapata posed for this photo and sent it to President Diaz, who was then in exile in Spain.
Not on view
Label Text:Villa seated in the Presidential Throne, January 12, 1915
(l-r) Tomas Urbina, Francisco Villa, Emiliano Zapata, Otilio Montano, and Rodolfo Fierro. Known as "La Silla Maldita" (the accursed chair), misfortune came to those that had been seated there. After his retirement on his hacienda in Chihuahua he was assassinated in Parral on July 20, 1923. Villa was driving his Dodge touring car with his secretary Miguel Trillo and four others when gunmen opened fire. "No permitas que esto acabe así. Cuentales que he dicho algo." Translated as "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I have said something." were Villa's dying words.
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