|47th & 54th President of Venezuela|
19 October 1945 – 17 February 1948
|Preceded by||Isaías Medina Angarita|
|Succeeded by||Rómulo Gallegos|
February 13, 1959 – March 13, 1964
|Preceded by||Edgar Sanabria|
|Succeeded by||Raúl Leoni|
Rómulo Ernesto Betancourt Bello
22 February 1908
Guatire, Miranda state, Venezuela
|Died||28 September 1981 (aged 73)|
New York City, United States
|Political party||Acción Democrática|
|Spouse(s)||Carmen Valverde (Div.) (d.1977)|
Renée Hartmann Viso (1920-1991)
Rómulo Ernesto Betancourt Bello (22 February 1908 – 28 September 1981), known as "The Father of Venezuelan Democracy", was the 47th and 54th President of Venezuela, serving from 1945 to 1948 and again from 1959 to 1964, as well as leader of Acción Democrática, Venezuela's dominant political party in the 20th century.
Betancourt, one of Venezuela's most important political figures, led a tumultuous and highly controversial career in Latin American politics. Periods of exile brought Betancourt in contact with various Latin American countries as well as the United States, securing his legacy as one of the most prominent international leaders to emerge from 20th-century Latin America. Scholars credit Betancourt as the Founding Father of modern democratic Venezuela.
References[change | change source]
- Fundación para la Cultura Urbana. 2009. Rómulo Betancourt: crónica visual. page 16. Cronología RB.