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José Inés García Chávez
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Jose Ines García Chavez and his staff
Leader of The Painted Leopards

In office
Personal details
Born (1889-04-19)19 April 1889
Godino Michoacán
Died 1919 (29 years old)
Military service
Nickname(s) The Attila of Michoacán, Jalisco and Guanajuato
Allegiance Mexico (antireeleccionista revolutionary forces)
Rank General
Commands The Painted Leopards
  • Mexican Revolution
    Sack of Apatzingán
    Sack of Paracho
    Sack of Cotija
    Sack of Degollado
    Battle of Huandacareo

José Inés García Chávez (Inés Chávez García) was a Mexican military man and bandit who participated in the Mexican Revolution.

Early life[]

He was born in Godino, Michoacán, on April 19, 1889. He was the son of Anacleto García and Bartola Chávez.


He was a cameraman in the Porfiriato (The period that General Porfirio Díaz ruled Mexico as president) and thus fought Santana Rodríguez Palafox in Veracruz. He was part of the group that rose against Victoriano Huerta under Anastasio Pantoja, but when the Carrancistas shot at him, Chávez rose up in arms and joined the Villista Army. He operated in the Abajoña of Michoacán and the States of Jalisco and Guanajuato, recruiting thousands of soldiers.[1]

His fighting style was one of a guerrilla or bandit and his greatest success reached came in 1917. His army was feared in all regions of Michoacán, Jalisco and Guanajuato, for its brutality, especially towards women and children. Between 1915 and 1918, Inés Chávez, torched the towns of Apatzingán, Paracho, Cotija and Degollado, known as "The Attila of Michoacán, Jalisco and Guanajuato", to the control of its army, known as "The Painted Leopards".[2][3]


Chávez's death is murky. Some sources claim that he died on January 8, 1918 during the Battle of Huandacareo after assaulting several towns. Another version is that he died Other sources say he died of Spanish Influenza on during the Presidency of Purepero Michoacan, on November 11, 1918 at 5:30 pm.[4]




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