Leaders of Haiti
Jean-Baptiste Riché was a career officer and general in the Haitian Army.Born free, he was the son of a prominent free black man of the same name in the north province. The rebel army under mulatto control, proclaimed Riché president of Haiti on March 24, 1846 Though illiterate and old, he had the commom sense to end the dictatorship of his predecessors and surround himself with capable officials who rendered his administration profitable for the country. After gaining the presidency the first act of Riché was to restore the Constitution of 1806. He is credited with the creation of the Maison Centrale, a boarding school for homeless boys. He died on February 28, 1847, as it is believed, from being poisoned.
Years in office: 1846-1847Notes about terms: Died in office