Felipe Segundo Guzmán

Felipe Segundo Guzmán (17 January 1879 – 16 June 1932) was a Bolivian politician who served as the 30th President of Bolivia on an interim basis from 1925 to 1926.

Felipe Segundo Guzmán
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30th President of Bolivia
In office
3 September 1925 – 10 January 1926
Vice PresidentVacant
Preceded byBautista Saavedra
Succeeded byHernando Siles Reyes
Other offices
Minister of War and Colonization
In office
12 November 1927 – 26 January 1928
PresidentHernando Siles Reyes
Preceded byAurelio Meleán
Succeeded byAurelio Arauz
Minister of Government and Justice
In office
14 March 1927 – 12 November 1927
PresidentHernando Siles Reyes
Preceded byEnrique Velasco y Galvarro
Succeeded byJ. Minor Gainsborg
Minister of Instruction and Agriculture
In office
27 June 1922 – 10 March 1923
PresidentBautista Saavedra
Preceded byHernando Siles Reyes
Succeeded byFélix del Grando
Personal details
Felipe Segundo Guzmán

(1879-01-17)17 January 1879
La Paz, Bolivia
Died16 June 1932(1932-06-16) (aged 53)
La Paz, Bolivia
Political partySocialist Republican

Guzmán was born in La Paz, Bolivia. A university professor and scholar, he championed the teaching of Spanish to native Bolivians, and called for a further incorporation into national life of the great mass of "Indians" which comprised the country's majority. He later served as Deputy and Senator in representation of the Republican Party of Bautista Saavedra.

When President Saavedra (1921–25) attempted to prolong his term in office alleging "grave irregularities" in the elections of 1925 (which he annulled), a massive outcry prompted him to leave office. He did so only with the understanding that Congress (controlled by his party) would proclaim as temporary president someone who would do his bidding. Congress, in turn, chose the head of the Senate, Guzmán, who was sworn in on September 3, 1925, and given the task of calling fresh elections within a year. This done, and with the triumph at the polls of the government endorsed candidate Hernando Siles, Guzmán left office in August 1926 and returned to relative obscurity.

Felipe Segundo Guzmán died in la Paz in June 1932, at the age of 53.