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Gregorio Luperón grew up in the rural area of Jamao, Dominican Republic, where as an adolescent he worked as a woodcutter. His early intellectual development was fostered by a man named Don Pedro Eduardo Dubocq, who tutored him and gave him access to his small library. At the age of eighteen, he began working as an auxiliary commander at the military base Puesto Cantonal de Rincón. In 1861Spain annexed the Dominican Republic and in protest Luperón moved to the United States. He soon returned to the Dominican Republic and enlisted in the War of Restoration. After serving as a general of one of the provincial regiments, Luperón accepted a position as vice president of the Central Government (1864–1865).

After the restoration of the Republic in 1865, Luperón continued to serve as both soldier and statesman. In 1876 he accepted a post as a ...