Presidents of Venezuela

Posted May 4, 2011
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  1. Hugo Chávez

    Hugo Chávez


    Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías (28 July 1954 – 5 March 2013) was a Venezuelan politician and the President of Venezuela between 1999 and his death in 2013. He was the leader of the Fifth Republic Movement from its foundation in 1997 until 2007, when it merged with several other parties to form the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), which he led until 2012.

  2. Marcos Pérez Jímenez

    Marcos Pérez Jímenez


    Marcos Evangelista Pérez Jiménez (25 April 1914 – 20 September 2001) was a Venezuelan military and general officer of the Army of Venezuela and the President of Venezuela from 1952 to 1958.

  3. Julian Castro

    Julian Castro


    Julián Castro (/ˌhliˈɑːn/ hoo-lee-AHN, born September 16, 1974) is an American politician who has been the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development since July 28, 2014. Previously Castro served three terms as the Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from 2009 to 2014.

  4. Carlos Delgado Chalbaud

    Carlos Delgado Chalbaud


    Carlos Román Delgado Chalbaud Gómez (20 January 1909 – 13 November 1950) was a Venezuelan career military officer, and as leader of a military junta was President of Venezuela from 1948 to 1950. By 1945 he was a high-ranking officer and was among the leaders of a military coup which brought to power the mass membership party Democratic Action. In 1948, whilst Minister of Defense, he led another military coup and became head of state as President of a military junta, serving in that position until his death. He was assassinated in Caracas.

  5. Rómulo Gallegos

    Rómulo Gallegos


    Rómulo Ángel del Monte Carmelo Gallegos Freire (2 August 1884 – 7 April 1969) was a Venezuelan novelist and politician. For a period of some nine months during 1948, he was the first cleanly elected president in his country's history.

  6. Simón Bolívar

    Simón Bolívar


    Simón Bolívar in full Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios (24 July 1783 – 17 December 1830), was a Venezuelan military and political leader who played an instrumental role in the establishment of Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia as sovereign states, independent of Spanish rule.

  7. Juan Vicente Gómez

    Juan Vicente Gómez


    Juan Vicente Gómez Chacón (La Mulera, 24 July 1857 – Maracay, 17 December 1935) was a military general and de facto ruler of Venezuela from 1908 until his death in 1935. He was president on three occasions during this time, and ruled as an unelected military strongman for the rest of the era.

  8. Cristóbal Mendoza

    Cristóbal Mendoza


    José Cristóbal Hurtado de Mendoza y Montilla (23 June 1772 – 8 February 1829), commonly known as Cristóbal Mendoza or Cristóbal de Mendoza was a Venezuelan politician. Cristobal became the first official President of Venezuela, as he was the first head of the First Republic of Venezuela from 1811 to 1812.

  9. Manuel Ezequiel Bruzual

    Manuel Ezequiel Bruzual


    Manuel Ezequiel Bruzual (Santa Marta, Colombia, 1832 – Curaçao, 15 August 1868), was a military leader committed to liberal ideas, also in charge of the War and Navy Ministry in 1864, and in 1868 was designated provisional President of Venezuela.

  10. Nicolás Maduro

    Nicolás Maduro


    Nicolás Maduro Moros (born 23 November 1962) is a Venezuelan politician who has been President of Venezuela since 2013. Previously he served under President Hugo Chávez as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2013 and as Vice President of Venezuela from 2012 to 2013.

  11. José Gil Fortoul

    José Gil Fortoul


    José Gil Fortoul (Barquisimeto, Lara, 25 November 1861 – Caracas, 15 June 1943) was a writer, historian, politician and member of Venezuelan positivism, appointed as Provisional President in 1913. Along with César Zumeta, Pedro Manuel Arcaya, Laureano Vallenilla Lanz, Victorino Márquez Bustillos, was one of the defenders of the dictatorship of Juan Vicente Gómez.

  12. Wolfgang Larrazábal

    Wolfgang Larrazábal


    Rear Admiral Wolfgang Enrique Larrazábal Ugueto (5 March 1911 – 27 February 2003) was a Venezuelan naval officer and politician. He served as President of Venezuela following the overthrow of Marcos Pérez Jiménez on 23 January 1958. He resigned later that year to run in the 1958 presidential election, but lost to former president Rómulo Betancourt.

  13. Jaime Lusinchi

    Jaime Lusinchi


    Jaime Ramón Lusinchi (27 May 1924 – 21 May 2014) was a Venezuelan politician who was the President of Venezuela from 1984 to 1989. His term was characterized by an economic crisis, growth of the external debt, populist policies, currency depreciation, inflation and corruption that exacerbated the crisis of the political system established in 1958.

  14. Pedro Gual Escandón

    Pedro Gual Escandón


    Pedro José Ramón Gual (Caracas, Venezuela, 17 January 1783 – Guayaquil, Ecuador, 6 May 1862), was a Venezuelan lawyer, politician, journalist and diplomat. In 1824 as chancellor of Great Colombia he negotiated with the U.S. diplomat Richard Clough Anderson and concluded the Anderson–Gual Treaty, the first bilateral treaty that the U.S. signed with another American state. He was President of Venezuela for three periods (1858, 1859, and 1861) and member of the Conservative Centralist party.

  15. Diosdado Cabello

    Diosdado Cabello


    Diosdado Cabello Rondón (born 15 April 1963) is a Venezuelan politician, Speaker of the National Assembly of Venezuela and active member of the Venezuelan armed forces. He was involved in Hugo Chávez’s return to power after the 2002 coup d'état. He became a leading member of Chavez’s Movimiento V República (MVR), and remains a leading member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, into which MVR was merged in 2007. Governor of Miranda from 2004 to 2008, he lost the 2008 election to Henrique Capriles Radonski, and was subsequently appointed Public Works & Housing Minister. In November 2009 he was additionally appointed head of the National Commission of Telecom, a position traditionally independent from Ministry of Public Works and Housing. In 2010, he was elected a member of parliament by his home state of Monagas. In 2011, President Hugo Chávez named him Vice-President of Venezuela’s ruling party, the PSUV. In 2012, he was elected and sworn in as President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, the country’s parliament.

  16. Octavio Lepage

    Octavio Lepage


    Octavio Lepage Barreto, (born 24 November 1923 in Santa Rosa, Anzoátegui) was Acting President of Venezuela from 21 May 1993 to 5 June 1993.

  17. Luis Herrera Campins

    Luis Herrera Campins


    Luis Antonio Herrera Campins (4 May 1925 – 9 November 2007) was President of Venezuela from 1979 to 1984. He was elected to one five-year term in 1978. He was a member of the COPEI, a Christian Democrat party.

  18. Victorino Márquez Bustillos

    Victorino Márquez Bustillos


    Victorino Márquez Bustillos (1858–1941), was a Venezuelan lawyer and politician, and was provisional President of Venezuela from 1914 to 1922. Although Bustillos was elected by Congress, General Juan Vicente Gómez remained the real power behind the presidency. Victorino Márquez died in Caracas on 10 January 1941.

  19. José Tadeo Monagas

    José Tadeo Monagas


    José Tadeo Monagas Burgos (28 October 1784 – 18 November 1868) was President of Venezuela 1847–1851 and 1855–1858, and a hero of the Venezuelan War of Independence. Monagas was one of the most unpopular presidents in Venezuelan history, distinguished by his nepotist and favoritism-bound policies, his disregard for laws passed by Congress when he disagreed with them, and the amount of power he attributed to the Executive branch. During his second term, he arranged for a new Constitution (passed in 1858) which would grant him further powers. The administration he set up would eventually lead to a constitutional (and armed) crisis.

  20. Antonio Guzmán Blanco

    Antonio Guzmán Blanco


    Antonio Leocadio Guzmán Blanco (28 February 1829 – 28 July 1899) was President of Venezuela for three separate terms, from 1870–1877, from 1879–1884, and from 1886–1887.

  21. Francisco de Miranda

    Francisco de Miranda


    Sebastián Francisco de Miranda y Rodríguez de Espinoza (March 28, 1750 – July 14, 1816), commonly known as Francisco de Miranda was a Venezuelan revolutionary. Although his own plans for the independence of the Spanish American colonies failed, he is regarded as a forerunner of Simón Bolívar, who during the Spanish American wars of independence successfully liberated a vast portion of South America. Miranda led a romantic and adventurous life. An idealist, he developed a visionary plan to liberate and unify all of Spanish America but his own military initiatives on behalf of an independent Spanish America ended in 1812. He was handed over to his enemies and four years later, in 1816, died in a Spanish prison. Within fourteen years of his death, however, most of Spanish America was independent.

  22. Germán Suárez Flamerich

    Germán Suárez Flamerich


    Germán Suárez Flamerich (10 April 1907 – 24 June 1990) was President of Venezuela from 1950 to 1952.

  23. Eleazar López Contreras

    Eleazar López Contreras


    José Eleazar López Contreras (5 May 1883 – 2 January 1973) was President of Venezuela between 1935 and 1941. He was an army general and one of Juan Vicente Gómez's collaborators, serving as his War Minister from 1931. In 1939, Contreras accepted on behalf of Venezuela the ships Koenigstein and Caribia which had fled with Jews from Germany.

  24. José Gregorio Valera

    José Gregorio Valera


    José Gregorio Valera was President of Venezuela in 1878.

  25. Francisco Linares Alcántara

    Francisco Linares Alcántara


    Francisco de Paula Linares Alcántara (13 April 1825 – 30 November 1878) was President of Venezuela (1877–1878) and a member of the Liberal Party of Venezuela.

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