Carlos Manuel Piedra

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Carlos Modesto Piedra
President of Cuba
In office
January 1, 1959 – January 1, 1959 (1 day in office)
Preceded byAnselmo Allegro
Succeeded byManuel Urrutia
Personal details
Died1988 (aged 92–93)
Havana, Cuba
Spouse(s)Maria Luisa Martinez Diaz
ChildrenIsis, Flavia
ProfessionAttorney; Judge, Cuban Supreme Court

Carlos Modesto Piedra y Piedra (or Carlos Modesto Piedra y Piedra, 1895–1988) held the presidency of Cuba for a single day (January 1, 1959) during the transition of power between Fulgencio Batista and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution. Piedra was appointed provisional President by a junta led by Eulogio Cantillo in accordance with the 1940 Cuban constitution. Piedra had previously been the eldest judge of the Supreme Court. Piedra's appointment was met with opposition from Castro who believed that Manuel Urrutia should be appointed.[1]

He was married to María Luisa Martínez Díaz and had two daughters, Isis and Flavia Piedra Martínez.

Political offices
Preceded by
Anselmo Alliegro
Provisional President of Cuba
January 2–3, 1959
Succeeded by
Manuel Urrutia


  1. ^ "How the NYT presented day-one of the Cuban Revolution". Archived from the original on 2006-01-05. Retrieved 2006-04-10.