Rómulo Gallegos

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Rómulo Gallegos
Rómulo Gallegos 1940s.jpg
Gallegos c. 1947-48
President of Venezuela
In office
17 February 1948 – 24 November 1948
Preceded byRómulo Betancourt
Succeeded byCarlos Delgado Chalbaud
Personal details
Born
Rómulo Ángel del Monte Carmelo Gallegos Freire

(1884-08-02)2 August 1884
Caracas, Venezuela
Died5 April 1969(1969-04-05) (aged 84)
Caracas, Venezuela
Political partyAcción Democrática
Spouse(s)Teotiste Arocha Egui (1888–1950)
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Rómulo Ángel del Monte Carmelo Gallegos Freire (2 August 1884 – 5 April 1969) was a Venezuelan novelist and politician. For a period of nine months during 1948, he governed as the first freely elected president in Venezuela's history. He was removed from power by military officers in the 1948 Venezuelan coup.

Rómulo Gallegos is considered the most relevant Venezuelan novelist of the 20th century, and a prominent figure in Latin American literature.

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