Isaías Medina Angarita

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Isaías Medina Angarita
President of Venezuela
In office
5 May 1941 – 18 October 1945
Preceded by Eleazar López Contreras
Succeeded by Rómulo Betancourt
Personal details
Born (1897-07-06)6 July 1897
San Cristóbal, Venezuela
Died 15 September 1953(1953-09-15) (aged 56)
Caracas, Venezuela
Political party Venezuelan Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Irma Felizola
Religion Roman Catholic

Isaías Medina Angarita (6 July 1897 – 15 September 1953) was a Venezuelan military and political leader, president of Venezuela from 1941 until 1945. He followed the path of his predecessor Eleazar López Contreras, and ruled the country's democratic transition process.

Medina was born in San Cristóbal, Venezuela, and graduated from the Military academy of Venezuela in 1914. [1] He served as War Minister from 1936 to 1941 under Contreras. In 1943, he founded the Venezuelan Democratic Party. Some in the Army considered his presidential regime too liberal while other political enemies accused him of being too conservative, and both sides were involved in a putsch to remove him from power on 18 October 1945. Medina died, aged 56, in Caracas.

Medina's cabinet (1941-1945)

See also


  1. Short Bio
  2. Gaceta Oficial de Venezuela, period 1941-1945.
Political offices
Preceded by
Eleazar López Contreras
President of Venezuela
Succeeded by
Rómulo Betancourt