Isaías Medina Angarita

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Isaías Medina Angarita
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33rd President of Venezuela
In office
5 May 1941 18 October 1945
Preceded by Eleazar López Contreras
Succeeded by Rómulo Betancourt
Personal details
Born(1897-07-06)6 July 1897
San Cristóbal, Venezuela
Died15 September 1953(1953-09-15) (aged 56)
Caracas, Venezuela
Political party Venezuelan Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Irma Felizola

Isaías Medina Angarita (6 July 1897 – 15 September 1953) was a Venezuelan military and political leader, 33rd President of Venezuela from 1941 until 1945, during World War II. He followed the path of his predecessor Eleazar López Contreras, and ruled the country's democratic transition process.


Medina was born in San Cristóbal, Venezuela, and graduated from the Military academy of Venezuela in 1914. [1] He served as War Minister from 1936 to 1941 under López Contreras. In 1943, he founded the Venezuelan Democratic Party. Medina Angarita was the first Venezuelan president who traveled abroad (in active office). First, in 1943 to the Bolivarian countries, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Panama, and in January 1944, the United States invited by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The visit marked a milestone in the Venezuelan-US relations. Besides being the first time a Venezuelan president (in office) visited the United States, the time was made the journey was understood as an expression of the alliance of Venezuela with the Allies that fought the Axis. During the administration of Medina, Venezuela establishes relations with China in 1943 and the Soviet Union in 1945. Some in the Army considered his presidential regime too liberal while other political enemies accused him of being too conservative, and both sides were involved in a putsch to remove him from power on 18 October 1945. Medina died, aged 56, in Caracas.

Medina's cabinet (1941-1945)

Ministries [2]
President Isaías Medina Angarita1941–1945
Home AffairsTulio Chiossone1941–1942
 César González1942–1943
 Juan Penzini Hernández1943
 José Nicomedes Rivas1943–1945
  Arturo Uslar Pietri 1945
Outer Relations Caracciolo Parra Pérez 1941–1945
  Gustavo Herrera 1945
FinanceAlfredo Machado Hernández1941–1943
 Arturo Uslar Pietri1943
 Rodolfo Rojas1943–1945
 Alfonso Espinoza1945
War and NavyAntonio Chalbaud Cardona1941–1942
 Juan de Dios Celis Paredes1942–1943
 Carlos Meyer1943
 Manuel Morán1943–1945
 Delfín Becerra1945
DevelopmentEnrique Jorge Aguerrevere1941–1942
 Eugenio Mendoza1942–1943
 Gustavo Herrera1943–1945
 Juan de Dios Celis Paredes1945
Public WorksManuel Silveira1941–1945
EducationAlejandro Fuenmayor1941
 Gustavo Herrera1941–1943
 Rafael Vegas1943–1945
Work and CommunicationsNuma Quevedo1941
 Ovidio Pérez Ágreda1941–1942
 Héctor Cuenca1942–1943
 Julio Diez1943–1945
Agriculture Saverio Barbarito 1941
 Rodolfo Rojas1941–1943
 Ángel Biagini1943–1945
Health and Social AssistanceFélix Lairet1941–1945
Secretary of the PresidencyArturo Uslar Pietri1941–1943
 Ángel Biagini1943
 Arturo Uslar Pietri1943
 Pedro Sotillo1943–1945

Personal life

Isaías Medina Angarita was married to Irma Felizola,[ citation needed ] who served as First Lady of Venezuela from 1941–1945.[ citation needed ]

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  1. Short Bio
  2. Gaceta Oficial de Venezuela, period 1941-1945.
Political offices
Preceded by
Eleazar López Contreras
President of Venezuela
Succeeded by
Rómulo Betancourt