Tomás Monje

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Tomás Monje
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41st President of Bolivia
In office
17 August 1946 10 March 1947
Vice PresidentVacant
Preceded by Néstor Guillén (interim)
Succeeded by Enrique Hertzog
Personal details
Tomás Monje Gutierréz

(1884-12-21)21 December 1884
Coroico, Bolivia
Died1 July 1954(1954-07-01) (aged 69)
La Paz, Bolivia
Nationality Bolivian
Spouse(s)Raquel Soria Galvarro
ParentsSeferino Monje
Saturnina Gutierréz
Signature Signature of Tomas Monje Gutierrez (1884-1954).svg

Tomás Monje Gutierréz (21 December 1884 – 1 July 1954) was a Bolivian judge who served as the 41st President of Bolivia on a de facto interim basis from 1946 to 1947.


Background and earlier career

Born in Coroico, La Paz Department, he was a noted intellectual and judge. He served as deputy minister of agriculture 1926-27, after which he was appointed minister of the government and justice. From 1930 until 1936 he was Attorney general.

President of Bolivia

In his capacity as head of the Bolivian Supreme Court, he was named President by the forces that toppled President Gualberto Villarroel via coup d'état on 21 July, 1946. Monje happened to be ill at the time, however, which is why his deputy, Néstor Guillén, filled in for him for 27 days, until Monje was well enough to be sworn in August of the same year. Very much a caretaker president, Monje Gutiérrez was in charge with the simple task of calling elections as soon as possible. This done, he transferred power to the winner of the January 1947 elections, the conservative Enrique Hertzog.

Post-Presidency and death

At that point Monje returned to relative obscurity, dying in La Paz on 1 July, 1954.


Political offices
Preceded by
Néstor Guillén
President of Bolivia

Succeeded by
Enrique Hertzog

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