Abelardo L. Rodríguez
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|Abelardo L. Rodríguez|
43rd President of Mexico
September 4, 1932 – November 30, 1934
|Preceded by||Pascual Ortiz|
|Succeeded by||Lázaro Cárdenas|
|Governor of Sonora|
|Preceded by||Anselmo Macías Valenzuela|
|Succeeded by||Horacio Sobarzo|
|Secretary of Defense|
|Preceded by||Plutarco Elías Calles|
|Succeeded by||Pablo Quiroga|
|Secretary of Economy|
|Governor of the North District of the Federal Territory of Baja California|
|Preceded by||José Inocente Lugo|
|Succeeded by||José María Tapia|
|Military Commander of Northern Baja California|
|Born||Abelardo Rodríguez Luján
12 May 1889
|Died||13 February 1967
La Jolla, California, USA
|Political party||National Revolutionary Party|
|Spouse(s)||Aída Sullivan (1904-1975)|
Abelardo Rodríguez Luján, commonly known as Abelardo L. Rodríguez (Spanish pronunciation: [aβeˈlarðo ˈele roˈðɾiɣes]; May 12, 1889 – February 13, 1967) was the interim president of Mexico from 1932–1934. He completed the term of Pascual Ortiz after his resignation.
Born in San José de Guaymas, Sonora, to a poor family, he worked early in his life in a hardware store, in a copper mine, and as a professional baseball player. He did not finish his primary studies in Nogales, Sonora. He joined the Mexican Revolution in 1913 and began moving up the ranks soon after. He became a Colonel in 1916, and following his involvement in the Plan de Agua Prieta, he was named Military Commander of northern Baja California in 1921.
In 1923, he became Governor of the North Territory of Baja California and continued as both Military Commander and Governor until 1929. He continued one more year as Governor of northern Baja California, and then in 1932, he held two different cabinet positions under president Ortiz.
Following Ortiz's resignation, Rodríguez took the presidency on September 4, 1932. Some of his accomplishments included the establishment of several financial institutions, the restoration of public education, and the implementations of laws related to private charity and monopolies. He also lengthened the presidential term from four to six years.
After his term ended on November 30, 1934, Rodríguez returned to private life until 1943, when he was elected Governor of Sonora, where he had a significant impact on education. He promoted university education, establishing Sonora's state university. He resigned from his governorship in April 1948, citing health reasons. He returned to his work in business, in which he continued until his death in La Jolla, California, on February 13, 1967.
- General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport, Tijuana, Baja California
- Presa Abelardo L. Rodríguez, dam over the Tijuana River
- El Sauzal de Rodríguez, Ensenada Municipality, Baja California
- Camp, Roderic A. Mexican Political Biographies. Tucson, Arizona: University of Arizona, 1982.
- English biography. Accessed April 16, 2005.
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