Fulgencio Batista

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Fulgencio Batista
Batista in 1938
9th and 12th President of Cuba
In office
October 10, 1940 – October 10, 1944
Vice President Gustavo Cuervo Rubio
Preceded by Federico Laredo Brú
Succeeded by Ramón Grau
In office
March 10, 1952 – January 1, 1959
Preceded by Carlos Prío
Succeeded by Anselmo Alliegro y Milá
Personal details
Born Rubén Zaldívar
January 16, 1901(1901-01-16)
Banes, Cuba
Died August 6, 1973(1973-08-06) (aged 72)
Guadalmina, Spain
Nationality Cuban
Political party Democratic Socialist Coalition(1940 election)
United Action Party
(1948–1950s)[1]

Progressive Action Party (1950s)

Spouse(s) Elisa Godinez Gomez de Batista(1926-1946)
Marta Fernandez Miranda de Batista(1946-1973)
Children Mirta Caridad Batista Godínez
Elisa Aleida Batista Godínez
Fulgencio Rubén Batista Godínez
Jorge Batista Fernández
Roberto Francisco Batista Fernández
Carlos Batista Fernández
Fulgencio José Batista Fernández
Fermina Lázara Batista Estévez
Occupation Military, politician
Military service
Allegiance  Cuba
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1921–1940
Rank Colonel

General Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar (January 16, 1901 – August 6, 1973) was the military leader of Cuba from 1933 to 1940. He was President of Cuba from 1940 to 1944. In 1940 he won the election. He then became the country's leader from 1952 to 1959. In 1952 he did a coup. His authoritarian government during this time caused opposition despite his attempt to placate critics with a 'show' election in 1954 were he ran without opposition. The opposition included the entire coalition that had overthrown Machado. Fidel Castro's guerrilla movement overthrew Batista. This is known as the Cuban Revolution. Batista died of a heart attack.

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