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Blanco Galindo, Carlos (1882–1953)

Blanco Galindo, Carlos (1882–1953)

Carlos Blanco Galindo (b. 12 March 1882; d. 3 October 1953), president of Bolivia (June 1930–March 1931). Born in Cochabamba to a patrician family with roots going back to the time of Bolívar, Blanco Galindo was an urbane scholar and army officer with a long history of public and international service. Upon the dissolution of the Hernando Siles Reyes government in May 1930, a military junta chaired by Blanco Galindo assumed power. As the new acting president, he was determined not to stay in power, however, and prepared the way for an elected civilian government, that of Daniel Salamanca, who was inaugurated on 5 March 1931. Blanco Galindo's short term was one of the most productive in Bolivia's history. Among its achievements was an educational reform that included university autonomy. After 1931 Blanco Galindo continued to serve the nation and Cochabamba but stayed aloof from the squabbles of the military during the tragic Chaco War. He died in Cochabamba.

See alsoBolivia: Since 1825 .

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Quien es quien en Bolivia (1942), pp. 45-46.

Porfirio Díaz Machicao, Historia de Bolivia, vol. 2, Guzmán, Siles, Blanco Galindo (1955), pp. 139-165.

                                  Charles W. Arnade

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