Alfredo Duhalde

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Alfredo Duhalde
Alfredo Duhalde Vásquez.jpg
Vice President of Chile
In office
January 17, 1946 – August 3, 1946
Preceded by Juan Antonio Ríos
Succeeded by Vicente Merino
President of Chile
In office
August 13, 1946 – October 17, 1946
Preceded by Vicente Merino
Succeeded by Juan Antonio Iribarren
Personal details
Born (1898-06-30)June 30, 1898
Río Bueno, Chile
Died April 10, 1985(1985-04-10) (aged 86)
Santiago, Chile
Nationality Chilean
Political party Radical
Spouse(s) Yolanda Heufmann

Alfredo Duhalde Vásquez (June 30, 1898 – April 10, 1985) was a Chilean politician who served twice as provisional president in 1946.

Duhalde was born in the city of Río Bueno, the son of Pedro Duhalde and of Zoila Vasquez. After completing his primary schooling in his natal town, he completed his secondary education at the Liceo de Aplicación in Santiago, where he graduated in 1916. He then studied law at the Universidad de Chile. He married Yolanda Heufmann, and together they had 6 children: Yolanda, René, Sara, Carmen, Marta and Sonia.

He joined the army and was commissioned as a Cavalry Lieutenant. Later he dedicated himself to work his lands in the areas of Río Bueno and La Unión. He was one of the founders of the Banco Agrícola (Agricultural Bank). He joined the Radical Party and was elected a deputy in 1924 for Llanquihue and Carelmapu. In 1933 he was re-elected, this time as a deputy for Valdivia, Osorno y La Unión.

In 1939, President Pedro Aguirre Cerda appointed him Minister of Defense, position he held until 1940, and then again between 1942 and 1944 under President Juan Antonio Rios. In 1945 he was elected a Senator for Valdivia, Osorno, Llanquihue, Aysén, Chiloé and Magallanes. On September 26 of the same year, he was appointed Minister of the Interior, and assumed as Vice President during the absence of President Rios, who had travelled to the United States. President Ríos returned and reassumed power on December 3, but by then he was already very ill and had to hand over his powers to Duhalde again a little more than a month later on January 17, 1946.

Duhalde assumed as Vice President again until the death of President Rios, on June 27, when he became Acting President. On August 3 of the same year, he stepped down once again in order to run in his party's primaries for the upcoming presidential election, which he lost to Gabriel González Videla, who went on to win the general election later that year. He resumed as Vice President on August 13, having been replaced in the interim by Vice Admiral Vicente Merino, and continued in office until October 17, when he finally stepped down completely, being replaced by his minister of the Interior, Juan Antonio Iribarren.

He remained a Senator until 1953, when he retired permanently from politics. Duhalde also was director and president of the Banco Osorno- La Unión (1960–1966), Presidente of the Athletic Federation of Chile, partner of the Duhalde, Dibarrant and Co. and honorary director of Colo-Colo F.C. He died in the city of Santiago in 1985.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Guillermo Labarca
Minister of Defense
1939-1940
Succeeded by
Juvenal Hernández
Preceded by
Juvenal Hernández
Minister of Defense
1942-1944
Succeeded by
Oscar Escudero
Preceded by
Juvenal Hernández
Minister of the Interior
1945-1946
Succeeded by
Oscar Escudero
Preceded by
Juan Antonio Ríos
Vice President of Chile
1946
Succeeded by
Vicente Merino
Preceded by
Vicente Merino
President of Chile
1946
Succeeded by
Juan Antonio Iribarren