Donald Reid Cabral

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Reid and the second or maternal family name is Cabral.
Donald Reid Cabral
Coat of arms of the Dominican Republic.svgPresident of the Dominican Republic
In office
December 28, 1963 – April 25, 1965
Preceded by Emilio de los Santos
Succeeded by José Rafael Molina Ureña
Personal details
Born (1923-06-09)June 9, 1923
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Died July 22, 2006(2006-07-22) (aged 83)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Political party Triumvirate

Joseph Donald Reid Cabral (June 9, 1923 – July 22, 2006) was a Dominican politician and lawyer. Reid became president during the "triumvirate" from December 28, 1963 to April 25, 1965.[1]


Donald Reid Cabral was born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. He was the son of William Reid, a Scottish immigrant from Perthshire who worked as a banker in Santo Domingo. His mother, Auristela Cabral Bermúdez, had come from a politically affluent family, and was a descendant of three ex-presidents of the Dominican Republic (Buenaventura Báez, José Mª. Cabral, and Marcos A. Cabral). Reid Cabral enrolled in the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo where he studied Law.


Donald Reid Cabral first served as an ambassador to the United Nations and Israel. He was part of the Council of State that formed in 1962 and 1963, after the overthrow of the regime of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo.

Reid also chaired the triumvirate which ruled the Dominican Republic following the overthrow of the constitutional government of Juan Bosch (1963-1965), and in that capacity he was the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Armed Forces. In 1965 a pro-Juan Bosch uprising occurred, which would ultimately lead to his overthrow, although the US tried to end it in the Operation Power Pack.[2][3]

From 1986 to 1988 he acted as the nation's foreign minister. In the last stage of his life was closely linked to the Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC), founded by Joaquín Balaguer.


In 1947, Donald Reid Cabral founded, along with Rogelio Pellerano, Reid & Pellerano Co., later Grupo ReidCo, a major automotive distributor in Dominican Republic.


Web source[edit]

  1. ^ Dominican Today obituary Archived May 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Miami Herald
  3. ^ New York Times