Tomás Regalado (Salvadoran politician)
|President of El Salvador|
14 November 1898 – 1 March 1903
|Preceded by||Rafael Antonio Gutiérrez|
|Succeeded by||Pedro José Escalón|
7 November 1860|
|Died||7 July 1906
|Political party||No Party|
General Tomás Regalado Romero (born Santa Ana, El Salvador, November 7, 1861 – died Guatemala, July 7, 1906) was President of El Salvador from 14 November 1898 until 1 March 1903. He was a military ruler and gained power by deposing Rafael Antonio Gutiérrez, a man he had previously helped achieve control of the country by taking part in a conspiracy to oust Carlos Ezeta four years earlier. Elected to a four-year term in 1899, he promoted the construction of railways, declared an amnesty for political exiles, and began the construction of a National Theatre in Santa Ana.
Upon leaving office, he remained active in the Army of El Salvador and was appointed Minister of War by his handpicked successor Pedro José Escalón. During a war against Guatemala in 1906 he led a Salvadoran invasion force and went into battle whilst drunk. Seriously injured, he soon died on the 11th of June . His coup d'état led to the dissolution of the Greater Republic of Central America after his government withdrew from it.
Regalado was the last in a series of presidents who had come to power by force during the 19th Century. His peaceful transfer of power to Pedro José Escalón in 1903 allowed for a degree of political stability that persisted until the events of 1931-32.
Rafael Antonio Gutiérrez
|President of El Salvador
Pedro José Escalón
- Walker, Thomas W. Nicaragua, the Land of Sandino. Boulder: Westview Press, 1981., p. 17.
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