Carlos Delgado Chalbaud

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Carlos Delgado Chalbaud
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President of Venezuela
In office
24 November 1948 13 November 1950
Preceded by Rómulo Gallegos
Succeeded by Germán Suárez Flamerich
Minister of Defence
In office
21 October 1945 24 November 1948
Preceded by Delfín Becerra
Succeeded by Marcos Pérez Jiménez
Personal details
Born(1909-01-20)20 January 1909
Died 13 November 1950(1950-11-13) (aged 41)
Spouse(s) Lucía Devine
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Carlos Román Delgado Chalbaud Gómez (20 January 1909 – 13 November 1950) was a Venezuelan career military officer. He was the President of Venezuela from 1948 to 1950 as leader of a military junta. In 1945, he was one of the high-ranking officers who brought to power the Democratic Action party by a coup d'état. In 1948, as a Minister of Defence, he led another military coup and lingered as the President until his assassination in Caracas.

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Early life

Delgado Chalbaud was the son of Román Delgado Chalbaud (grandson of a French immigrant and great-grandson of Andalusian colonist) and Luisa Elena Gómez Velutini (of Corsican descent). He was known as Carlos Delgado Chalbaud because he used the last name of his father Román Delgado Chalbaud as a tribute to his memory. When he was 20, he approached the cruiser Falke  (es ) in the port of Danzig (Poland). It landed on the coasts of Cumaná on 11 August, 1929, with the purpose to overthrow the strongman Juan Vicente Gomez. In this failed operation his father Román commandant of the expeditionary was killed, leading Carlos to return to France.

Román Delgado Chalbaud was a Venezuelan naval officer, businessman and politician. After a failed conspiracy against his former business partner Juan Vicente Gómez, he was imprisoned for 14 years in 1913, before attempting an ill-fated invasion in 1929 to overthrow Gómez and his Presidential front man, in which he was killed.

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Delgado Chalbaud spent most of his life in Paris, where he studied engineering and later attended the Saint-Cyr military academy. He returned to Venezuela in 1939 and was promptly commissioned in the Venezuelan army by president General Eleazar Lopez Contreras with the rank of captain.

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He was kidnapped and assassinated on 13 November 1950, [1] by a group led by Rafael Simon Urbina and his nephew Domingo Urbina. The kidnapping took place in Caracas between the neighbourhood of Country Club and Chapellin, and his murder took place in the semi-abandoned Las Mercedes neighbourhood. His murder seems to be the unintended outcome of a failed kidnapping led by Simon Urbina, who looked to overthrow the Chalbaud presidency. Some believe Urbina despised Delgado Chalbaud although others allege they were close until a falling out over politics. The day after the capture and imprisonment of Urbina, he was assassinated by orders of the Direction of National Security, efficiently securing Pérez Jiménez's position as the strongman in Venezuela for the next several years.

Personal life

Chalbaud was married to Lucía Devine,[ citation needed ] who served as First Lady of Venezuela from 1948–1950.[ citation needed ] Cerro Carlos Delgado Chalbaud (1047m), a mountain in Venezuela's Amazonas estate where the headwaters of the Orinoco River are located, is named after him.[ citation needed ]

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  1. "State Funeral for Venezuelan Chief Delgado". Lewiston Evening Journal. 15 November 1950. p. 10.
Political offices
Preceded by
Rómulo Gallegos
President of Venezuela
Succeeded by
Germán Suárez Flamerich