Aureliano Sánchez Arango

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Aureliano Sánchez Arango
Born 7 June 1907
Died 23 April 1976 (1976-04-24) (aged 68)
Miami, Florida, US

Aureliano Sánchez Arango (7 June 1907 in Cuba – 23 April 1976 in Miami, Florida) was a Cuban lawyer, politician and university professor.

Sanchez served in the government of President Carlos Prio Socarras first as Minister of Education (1948–1951) and then as Foreign Minister (1951–1952). In August 1951, Eduardo Chibas accused Sanchez of stealing children's breakfast funds to build a housing project in Guatemala. When Chibas could not prove his accusations, he committed suicide on live radio.

After Fulgencio Batista overthrew Prio, Sanchez was involved in various undergrown movements to overthrow Batista. He was originally granted asylum in Mexico in 1952, After returning to Cuba to plan an assassination attempt against Batista, he was granted refuge at the Uruguayan embassy. He later helped finance Fidel Castro in overthrowing Batista and later went into permanent exile to the United States.

He was married to Estrella Echevarria on January 22, 1936 at the Parish Church of Vedado, Havana, Cuba, who had two children, Alfredo and Delia Sanchez Echvarria.

His son, Alfredo Sanchez Echavarria (1936-) was ordered executed by the Castro regime but his sentence was commuted to 30 years and he served 14 years in prison (1961–1975). Sanchez Echavarria was allowed to go into exile in 1977, a few months after his father had died of a heart attack.


  • Spokane Daily Chronicle; Cuban Dies, 23 April 1976.
  • Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Castro Frees Foe After 14 Years; 9 March 1975.
  • The Spokesman-Review; Cuban Senator Shoots Himself; 6 August 1951.
  • Otero, Juan Joaquin (1954). Libro De Cuba, Una Enciclopedia Ilustrada Que Abarca Las Artes, Las Letras, Las Ciencias, La Economia, La Politica, La Historia, La Docencia, Y ElProgreso General De La Nacion Cubana - Edicion Conmemorative del Cincuentenario de la Republica de Cuba, 1902-1952.  (Spanish)
Political offices
Preceded by
Óscar Gans
Foreign Minister of Cuba
Succeeded by
Miguel Ángel de la Campa y Caraveda