Andrés Quintana Roo was born on November 30, 1787 in the city of Mérida, Yucatán and died on April 15, 1851, in Mexico City.

He obtained a law degree from the Royal and Pontifical University of New Spain. He worked at the law firm of Dr. Agustín Pomposo Fernández where he met Leona Vicario, who subsequently became his wife.

Quintana Roo asked for pardon, which was granted by the viceroy, and settled in Mexico City, where he pursued his profession.

After the triumph of Independence, Quintana Roo was a delegate, senator and president of the Supreme Court. He served as foreign minister during the government of Gómez Farías.