Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia

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Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia
President of Costa Rica
In office
8 May 1940 – 8 May 1944
Preceded by León Cortés Castro
Succeeded by Teodoro Picado Michalski
Personal details
Born 10 March 1900(1900-03-10)
San José
Died 09 June 1970
San José
Political party Republicano Nacional (during term)
National Unification Party (beginning in 1966)

Rafael Ángel del Socorro Calderón Guardia was the president of Costa Rica from 1940 to 1944.

Early life[change | change source]

Calderón was born on 10 March 1900 in San José. In his youth, Calderón studied in Costa Rica, France and Belgium, where he married Yvonne Clays Spoelders, who was later the first female diplomat of Costa Rica. After finishing his studies, Calderón became a practicing surgeon, which he would remain for most of his early career.