Héctor Trujillo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Trujillo and the second or maternal family name is Molina.
Héctor Trujillo
Hector Trujillo 1955.jpg
Coat of arms of the Dominican Republic.svg 40th President of the Dominican Republic
In office
August 16, 1952 – August 3, 1960
Vice President None (1952-1957)
Joaquín Balaguer (1957-1960)
Preceded by Rafael Trujillo
Succeeded by Joaquín Balaguer
Personal details
Born April 6, 1908
San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
Died October 19, 2002(2002-10-19) (aged 94)
Miami, USA
Nationality Dominican
Political party Dominican Party

Héctor Bienvenido Trujillo Molina (April 6, 1908 – October 19, 2002),[1] was a general, and political figure, president of the Dominican Republic 1952-1960. He was the brother of Rafael Trujillo.


Héctor Trujillo, nicknamed Negro for his dark complexion, was the youngest brother of Rafael Trujillo. After Trujillo rose to power in 1930, Hector entered the Army and advanced rapidly. He reached the rank of a Major General before he was appointed "Secretary of State for War and Navy" in 1942.[2] In 1944, he became "General of the Army', a newly created title. Aside from his military activities, Hector was busy amassing land and money. A philanderer, he became engaged to Alma McLaughlin in 1937, and the marriage eventually took place two decades later.[2]

Héctor Trujillo worked as a "puppet" for his brother who had all the control; made president on August 16, 1952, he was asked to resign on August 3, 1960, when his brother reshuffled the government.[3]

He died of natural causes in Miami on October 19, 2002.


  1. ^ Social Security Death Index, Hector B. Trujillo, accessed at [1] 20 May 2008
  2. ^ a b Crassweller RD. Trujillo. The Life and Times of a Caribbean Dictator. The MacMIllan Co, New York, 1966. pp. 261–279. 
  3. ^ Crassweller RD, ibid, page 375
Political offices
Preceded by
Rafael Trujillo
President of the Dominican Republic
Succeeded by
Joaquín Balaguer