Roberto M. Levingston

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Roberto M. Levingston
President of Argentina
De facto
In office
June 18, 1970 March 21, 1971
Preceded by Juan Carlos Onganía
Succeeded by Alejandro Lanusse
Personal details
Born(1920-01-10)January 10, 1920
San Luis, Argentina
Died June 17, 2015(2015-06-17) (aged 95)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Argentine
Political party None
Spouse(s) Betty Nelly Andrés
Children Roberto Antonio
María Cristina
Alberto Marcelo
Profession Military
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Roberto Marcelo Levingston Laborda (January 10, 1920 [1] [2] [3] – June 17, 2015) was an Argentine Army general who was President of Argentina from June 18, 1970 to March 22, 1971, during the Revolución Argentina period in Argentine history. [4] [5]

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Levingston was born in San Luis Province, and graduated from the Colegio Militar de la Nación in 1941. [6]

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His military expertise included intelligence and counterinsurgency, and he took the presidency of Argentina in a military coup that deposed Juan Carlos Onganía over his ineffective response to the Montoneros and other guerillas. [5] His regime was marked by a protectionist economic policy that did little to overcome the inflation and recession that the country was undergoing at the time, [4] and by the imposition of the death penalty against terrorists and kidnappers. [5] In response to renewed anti-government rioting in Córdoba and to the labor crisis under his leadership, he was deposed by another military junta led by Alejandro Lanusse. [4] [5]

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Personal life

On 18 December 1943, Levingston married Betty Nelly Andrés (born 4 May 1926) [7] and had two sons and one daughter, Roberto, Maria and Alberto.


He died on June 17, 2015, at the age of 95. [6]

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Levingston in civilian clothing

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