Arturo Araujo

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Arturo Araujo

Arturo Araujo Fajardo (1878 in Suchitoto – December 1, 1967 in San Salvador) was the president of El Salvador from March 1, 1931 to December 2, 1931. He was overthrown in a military coup led by junior officers, and was forced to flee the country for Guatemala. An agricultural leader and engineer, Araujo had been elected in what is generally reckoned as the country's first honest presidential contest. (See the New York Times of December 4, 1931 for more on this.)

Arturo Araujo was a distant relative of Manuel Enrique Araujo. Pachita Tennant Mejía de Pike, who is familiar with the history of Salvadoran families, says that the Araujo family mostly comes from the town of Jucuapa, in the department of Usulután, El Salvador. However, Arturo Araujo's family originally came from Suchitoto, in the department of Cuscatlan, moving to Santa Tecla around 1885. His parents were Enriqueta Fajardo de Araujo and Dr. Eugenio Araujo, Finance Minister in the Administration of General Francisco Menéndez.[1] He spent some time studying in Liverpool, England. It was there that Araujo became involved with Labour Party politics. He also met his English wife, Dora née Morton, while a student there.[2]


  1. ^ Arturo Araujo Archived February 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ White, Alastair El Salvador London 1973 p.98 ISBN 0510395236
Political offices
Preceded by
Pío Romero Bosque
President of El Salvador
Succeeded by
Maximiliano Hernández Martínez