Néstor Guillén

Néstor Guillén Olmos (28 January 1890 – 12 March 1966) was a Bolivian lawyer and politician who served as the 40th President of Bolivia on a de facto interim basis in 1946.

Néstor Guillén
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40th President of Bolivia
In office
21 July 1946 – 17 August 1946
Vice PresidentVacant
Preceded byGualberto Villarroel
Succeeded byTomás Monje (interim)
Minister of National Defense
In office
10 March 1947 – 14 May 1947
PresidentEnrique Hertzog
Preceded byJulio César Canelas
Succeeded byEduardo Montes Montes
In office
24 July 1946 – 26 August 1946
PresidentHimself
Tomás Monje
Preceded byJosé Celestino Pinto
Succeeded byJulio César Canelas
Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Colonization
In office
24 July 1946 – 26 August 1946
PresidentHimself
Tomás Monje
Preceded byJulio Zuazo Cuenca
Succeeded byJosé Saavedra Suárez
Personal details
Born
Néstor Guillén Olmos

(1890-01-28)28 January 1890
La Paz, Bolivia
Died12 March 1966(1966-03-12) (aged 76)
La Paz, Bolivia
NationalityBolivian
Spouse(s)Laura Solares
ParentsManuel C. Guillén
Maria Olmos
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Background and earlier careerEdit

Born in La Paz, Guillén studied law and rose to become the dean of the Superior District Court of La Paz.

President of BoliviaEdit

Néstor Guillén served as President of Bolivia for 27 days between July and August 1946, following the overthrow and assassination of President Gualberto Villarroel (1943–46). Upon the death of Villarroel, the alliance of forces that had toppled him needed a reliable and impartial caretaker (given the mood of the citizenry, which had just shown what it was capable of during the revolt) to guide the country to elections. They settled on the head of the La Paz Court of Appeals, Tomás Monje Gutiérrez, who was ill at the time. Thus, Guillén filled in for him for fewer than four weeks, whereupon Monje was sworn-in as President.

Later career and deathEdit

Guillén then returned to his judgeship and died on 12 March 1966 in La Paz, Bolivia.

See alsoEdit

SourcesEdit

  • Mesa José de; Gisbert, Teresa; and Carlos D. Mesa, "Historia De Bolivia", 3rd edition., pp. 577–578.
Political offices
Preceded by
Gualberto Villarroel
President of Bolivia
Interim

1946
Succeeded by
Tomás Monje
Interim
Preceded by
José Celestino Pinto
Minister of National Defense
1946
Succeeded by
Julio César Canelas
Preceded by
Julio Zuazo Cuenca
Minister of Agriculture, Livestock,
and Colonization

1946
Succeeded by
José Saavedra Suárez
Preceded by
Julio César Canelas
Minister of National Defense
1947
Succeeded by
Eduardo Montes Montes