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Rómulo Betancourt

Personal data
Date of birth22 February 1908
Place of birthGuatire, Miranda state
Date of death28 September 1981(age 73)
Place of deathNew York City, New York, USA
Political partyAcción Democrática
SpouseCarmen Valverde (Div.)
Renée Hartmann Viso
ReligionAgnosticism
45th President of Venezuela
In office19 October 1945 - 17 February 1948
Succeeded byRómulo Gallegos
Preceded byIsaías Medina Angarita
52nd President of Venezuela
In officeFebruary 13, 1959 - March 13, 1964
Succeeded byRaúl Leoni
Preceded byEdgar Sanabria
Senator for life
In office1964 - 1981

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Rómulo Ernesto Betancourt Bello (22 February 1908 28 September 1981), known as "The Father of Venezuelan Democracy", was President of Venezuela from 1945 to 1948 and again from 1959 to 1964, as well as leader of Accion Democratica, Venezuela's dominant political party in the 20th century. He survived an assassination attempt ordered by Rafael Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic. Betancourt, one of Venezuela's most important political figures, led a tumultuous and highly controversial career in Latin American politics. Periods of exile brought Betancourt in contact with various Latin American countries as well as the United States, securing his legacy as one of the few real international leaders to emerge from twentieth-century Latin America. Scholars credit Betancourt as the Founding Father of modern democratic Venezuela.


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