Carlos Manuel Piedra

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Carlos Manuel Piedra
Provisional President of Cuba
In office
January 2, 1959 – January 3, 1959 (1 day in office)
Preceded by Anselmo Allegro
Succeeded by Manuel Urrutia
Personal details
Born 1895
Died 1988 (aged 92–93)

Carlos Manuel Piedra y Piedra (or Carlos Modesto Piedra y Piedra, 1895–1988) held the presidency of Cuba for a single day (January 2, 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.