José Joaquín Trejos Fernández

José Joaquín Antonio Trejos Fernández (18 April 1916 – 10 February 2010) was 35th President of Costa Rica from 1966 to 1970.[3] His parents were Juan Trejos Quirós and Emilia Fernández Aguilar. As a student he obtained degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of Costa Rica. During Mario Echandi's administration he was part of Costa Rica's delegation in the United Nations. Trejos defeated Daniel Oduber in the election that secured him the presidency.[2] Trejos died on 10 February 2010.[4]

Joaquín Trejos
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35th President of Costa Rica
In office
8 May 1966 – 8 May 1970
Vice PresidentJorge Vega Rodríguez
Virgilio Calvo Sánchez
Preceded byFrancisco Orlich
Succeeded byJosé Figueres Ferrer
Personal details
Born(1916-04-18)18 April 1916
San José
Died10 February 2010(2010-02-10) (aged 93)
San José
Political partyNational Unification Party (PUN)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Costa Rica[2]

Elected as presidentEdit

Without any political experience he won the presidential election of 1966 as candidate of a "Unificación Nacional" coalition. His victory was a close win over Daniel Oduber Quirós, with less than 4000 votes in his favor. Voters elected 26 congressmen from his party and the opposition won 29 seats.[5] During the Trejos presidency, the aggregated tax (IV) was introduced and the government debts were virtually erased.


  1. ^ "Political Leaders: Costa Rica". Zárate's Political Collections. Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  2. ^ a b "José Joaquín Trejos Fernández". Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  3. ^ El Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones: Presidentes de la República de Costa Rica
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-14. Retrieved 2010-02-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Historía de Costa Rica, Monge Alfaro, Carlos. edición #16, Imprenta Trejos, 1980, página 307, page 307
Political offices
Preceded by
Francisco Orlich Bolmarcich
President of Costa Rica
Succeeded by
José Figueres Ferrer