Carlos Blanco Galindo

Carlos Blanco Galindo (12 March 1882 – 2 October 1943) was a Bolivian general who served as the 32nd President of Bolivia on a de facto interim basis from 1930 to 1931.

Carlos Blanco Galindo
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32nd President of Bolivia
In office
28 June 1930 – 5 March 1931
Vice PresidentVacant
Preceded byHernando Siles Reyes
Succeeded byDaniel Salamanca
Minister of National Defense and Colonization
In office
11 November 1940 – 12 June 1941
PresidentEnrique Peñaranda
Preceded byDemetrio Ramos
(as Minister of National Defense)
Alcides Arguedas
(as Minister of Colonization)
Succeeded byJose Miguel Candia
Personal details
Born(1882-03-12)12 March 1882
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Died2 October 1943(1943-10-02) (aged 61)
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Spouse(s)Alicia D'Arlach
ParentsCleómedes Blanco
Edelmira Galindoa
RelativesPedro Blanco Soto (grandfather)
Military service
AllegianceBolivia Bolivia
Branch/serviceLogo del Ejército de Bolivia..jpg Bolivian Army

Carlos Blanco was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia. A career military officer and a lawyer, Blanco was one of the leaders of the insurrection that toppled from power Hernando Siles, who had attempted to extend his term in office in view of the grave challenges posed by the onset of the Great Depression and other looming political crises. Unable to impose his will, Siles resigned and left his cabinet collectively in charge; it was this "Silista" cabinet that was, in fact, overthrown by the coup led by Blanco (in alliance with the parties opposed to Siles) in late June 1930.

Blanco's term was rather simple, easy, and short. His main task was to call new elections, which took place within 7 months of his swearing-in. In every other matter, he seemed to defer to his rather capable technocratic Cabinet, led by Daniel Sánchez Bustamante (1871–1933) – the grandfather, incidentally, of future president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada. Upon the election, and assumption of office, of Daniel Salamanca, General Blanco was named Ambassador to Uruguay, but returned briefly to the active service upon the eruption of the Chaco War with Paraguay (1932–35). He would later write a number of books.

General Blanco died in Cochabamba in October 1943.