Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia

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Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia
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President of Costa Rica
In office
8 May 1940 – 8 May 1944
Preceded byLeón Cortés Castro
Succeeded byTeodoro Picado Michalski
Personal details
Born(1900-03-10)10 March 1900
San José
Died(1970-06-09)9 June 1970
San José
Political partyRepublicano 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.