Lázaro Chacón González

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Lázaro Chacón González
President of Guatemala
In office
19 December 1926 – 2 January 1931
Preceded by José María Orellana
Succeeded by José María Reina Andrade
Personal details
Born (1873-06-27)June 27, 1873
Teculután, Zacapa, Guatemala
Died April 8, 1931(1931-04-08) (aged 57)
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Nationality Guatemala Guatemalan
Political party Unionist Party
Spouse(s) Josefina de Chacón
Children Lázaro Chacón, Alfredo Chacón, Gilberto Chacón
Profession General and Politician

Lázaro Chacón González (June 27, 1873 – April 9, 1931) was the acting President of Guatemala from 26 September 1926 to 18 December 1926 and President of Guatemala from 19 December 1926 to 2 January 1931.

Born in Teculután, Zacapa he was the son of Juan José Chacón Paiz and Soledad González Paiz who died during his birth. He is grandson of José Deciderio Chacón and María del Rosario Paiz, and also grandson of Vicente González Chacón and Josefa Paiz Cordón.

Chacón's aunt, Cleta Chacón became his adopted mother. He married Josefina Pazos.

As president[edit]

Chacón was first appointed to the position of Chairman and interim president following the death of General José María Orellana with Jorge Ubico being his opponent. He then defeated Ubico in the national elections. His government took some liberties such as creating the National Mortgage Bank (Crédito Hipotecario Nacional) as well as constructing the Faculty of Medicine building for the Faculty of Natural Sciences. During his tenure the Legislative Palace and the national railroad were also completed. During his presidency, the Guatemalan currency was stabilized. Chacón died in the United States, April 9, 1931 at age 57 from a stroke.[1]

His grandson Carlos Gilberto Chacón Torrebiarte was a magistrate and President of the Guatemalan Supreme Court.


Preceded by
José María Orellana
President of Guatemala
Succeeded by
José María Reina (acting)