Carlos Julio Arosemena Monroy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Carlos Julio Arosemena Monroy
Carlos Julio Arosemena Monroy.JPG
Monument in Guayaquil
President of Ecuador
In office
November 7, 1961 – July 11, 1963
Preceded by José María Velasco Ibarra
Succeeded by Military Junta
(Title held by Clemente Yerovi)
Personal details
Born (1919-08-24)24 August 1919
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died March 5, 2004(2004-03-05) (aged 84)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Nationality Ecuadorian
Political party Radical Liberal Party

Carlos Julio Arosemena Monroy (24 August 1919[1] – 5 March 2004) served as Vice President of Ecuador and due to the ousting of President José María Velasco Ibarra, became President of Ecuador from 7 November 1961 to 11 July 1963.


He was born in Guayaquil to Carlos Julio Arosemena Tola, also former president of Ecuador, and Laura Monroy Garaycoa.

While in office, there were two failed attempts to impeach him. He was overthrown by a 1963 military junta after criticizing the US government and insulting Maurice Bernbaum, the US ambassador to Ecuador.[2][3]

His support of Fidel Castro’s revolution in Cuba caused an ongoing conflict with Congress and the military.[4]


  1. ^ Latin American lives: selected biographies from the five-volume Encyclopedia ... - Macmillan General Reference Staff, Macmillan Publishing - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  2. ^ "Ecuador President Outlaws Reds In Face of General Strike". St. Petersburg Times. UPI. 13 July 1963. p. 3-A. Retrieved 13 August 2012. According to an official who was at the banquet, the insult came when Arosemena offered a toast to Bernbaum: 'I drink to the people, but not to the government of the United States of North America.' 
  3. ^ "New Ecuador Junta Vows Red Cleanup". Miami News. AP. 12 July 1963. Retrieved 13 August 2012. A military spokesman said Arosemena disgraced himself by getting drunk at a banquet Wednesday night in honor of the president of the Grace Lines, retired U.S. Adm. Wilfred McNeil. Guests at the reception said the president shouted abuse at U.S. Ambassador Maurice Bernbaum, vomited in front of the gathering and committed 'even more indecorous acts.' 

4. "Carlos Julio Arosemena Monroy". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2012. Web. 07 Sep. 2012 <>.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Francisco Illingworth
Vice President of Ecuador
Succeeded by
Reinaldo Varea
Preceded by
José María Velasco Ibarra
President of Ecuador
Succeeded by
Ramón Castro Jijón