Nicolás Lindley López

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Nicolás Lindley
84th President of Peru
In office
March 3, 1963 – July 28, 1963
Preceded by Ricardo Pérez Godoy
Succeeded by Fernando Belaúnde
Personal details
Born (1908-11-16)November 16, 1908
Died February 3, 1995(1995-02-03) (aged 86)
Nationality Peruvian
Spouse(s) María Álvarez del Villar
Profession Military officer

Nicolás Eduardo Lindley López (November 16, 1908 – May 3, 1995) was a Peruvian military commander who headed the military government in Peru for several months in 1963.


Lindley was born in Lima in 1908 to an upper-class family of English descent. He studied at the Anglo-Peruvian School (Colegio San Andrés). In 1926, he entered the Chorrillos Military School, where he obtained his doctorate in 1930. Lindley had a successful career within the military, and in 1960 he became general commander of the Peruvian Army.

In July 1962, Lindley launched a military coup together with Ricardo Pérez Godoy against the democratically elected President of Peru Manuel Prado. They installed a military government, initially headed by Pérez with Lindley as the minister of defense. The junta's main goal was to organize new elections and transfer power to a newly elected government. When Pérez showed an inclination to stay in power for longer than originally foreseen, he was overthrown by Lindley on March 3, 1963. Lindley stayed in power until July 28 that year when the election winner Fernando Belaúnde took over the presidency.

From 1964 to 1975, Lindley served as the Peruvian ambassador to Spain. He then retired from politics and military life, and later returned to Peru, where he lived until his death at the age of 86.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Gral. Alejandro Cuadra Rabines
Commander-in-Chief of the Army
August 1960 – July 1962
Succeeded by
Gral. Julio Luna Ferrecio
Political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Moreyra y Paz Soldán
Prime Minister of Peru
July 18, 1962 – July 28, 1963
Succeeded by
Julio Óscar Trelles Montes
Preceded by
Ricardo Pérez Godoy
President of Peru
March 3, 1963 – July 28, 1963
Succeeded by
Fernando Belaúnde
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Peruvian Ambassador to Spain
1964 – 1975
Succeeded by