Roberto María Ortiz

Jaime Gerardo Roberto Marcelino María Ortiz Lizardi (September 24, 1886 – July 15, 1942) was President of Argentina from February 20, 1938 to June 27, 1942.

Roberto M. Ortiz
President of Argentina
In office
February 20, 1938 – June 26, 1942
Vice PresidentRamón Castillo
Preceded byAgustín P. Justo
Succeeded byRamón Castillo
Personal details
Born(1886-09-24)September 24, 1886
Buenos Aires
DiedJuly 15, 1942(1942-07-15) (aged 55)
Buenos Aires
Political partyConcordancia (UCR-A, PSI, PDN)
Spouse(s)María Luisa Iribarne Daubert

Ortiz was born in Buenos Aires. As a student at the University of Buenos Aires, he participated in an unsuccessful revolution in 1905. In 1909 he graduated from the university and became a lawyer.

He became active in the Radical Civic Union and was elected to the Argentine National Congress in 1920. He served as minister of public works from 1925 to 1928. He supported the revolution of 1930 and served as treasury minister from 1935 to 1937.

In the presidential elections of 1937, he was the official government candidate and won, though the opposition accused him of participating in fraud, as irregularities were widespread. Ortiz never denied those charges but once he took office he tried to make Argentine politics more open and truly democratic. Soon after becoming president, Ortiz became seriously ill with diabetes and on July 3, 1940, he delegated his powers to vice-president Ramón Castillo. He was pro-Ally but because of opposition in the army, he didn't break relations with the Axis. He resigned a few weeks before his death.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Agustín P. Justo
President of Argentina
Succeeded by
Ramón Castillo