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Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco

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Castelo Branco
26th President of Brazil
In office
15 April 1964 – 15 March 1967
Vice PresidentJosé Maria Alkmin
Preceded byRanieri Mazzilli
Succeeded byArtur da Costa e Silva
Chief of the General Staff of the Army
In office
13 September 1963 – 14 April 1964
Preceded byJosé Machado Lopes
Succeeded byDécio Palmeiro Escobar
Personal details
Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco

(1897-09-20)20 September 1897
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Died18 July 1967(1967-07-18) (aged 69)
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Resting placeCastelo Branco Mausoleum, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Political partyARENA (1966–67)
Argentina Vianna
(m. 1942; died 1963)
Military service
AllegianceBrazil Brazil
Branch/service Brazilian Army
Years of service1921–1964
Rank Field Marshal
Commands10th Military Region, headquartered in Fortaleza (1952–1954)
School of General Staff (1954–1956)
Garrison of the Amazon (1958–1960)
8th Military Region, headquartered in Belém (1958–1960)
Battles/warsSecond World War

Marshal Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco (Portuguese pronunciation: [ũ'bɛʁtu dʒi alẽ'kaʁ kas'tɛlu 'bɾɐ̃ku]) (20 September 1897 – 18 July 1967) was a Brazilian military leader and politician. He served as the first President of the Brazilian military government after the 1964 military coup d'etat. Castelo Branco was killed in an aircraft collision in July 1967, soon after the end of his Presidency.

Personal Life[change | change source]

Castelo Branco was born in a wealthy Northeastern Brazilian family. His father, Cândido Borges Castelo Branco, was a general. His mother, Antonieta Alencar Castelo Branco, came from a family of intellectuals (which included the writer José de Alencar).

He was married to Argentina Vianna, and had two children, Nieta and Paulo.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Dulles, John W. F. (1978). Castelo Branco: The Making of a Brazilian President. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 978-0-89096-043-1.