Edelmiro Julián Farrell

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Edelmiro Farrell
President of Argentina
De facto
In office
February 24, 1944 – June 3, 1946
Vice President None (Feb–Jul 1944)
Juan Perón (1944–1945)
Juan Pistarini (1945–1946)
Preceded by Pedro Pablo Ramírez
Succeeded by Juan Perón
Vice President of Argentina
De facto
In office
October 15, 1943 – February 24, 1944
President Pedro Pablo Ramírez
Preceded by Sabá Héctor Sueyro
Succeeded by Juan Perón
Personal details
Born (1887-02-12)February 12, 1887
Died October 21, 1980(1980-10-21) (aged 93)
Buenos Aires
Resting place Cementerio de la Chacarita
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Argentine
Political party none
Spouse(s) Conrada Victoria Torni (1919–1977)
Profession Military
Military service
Allegiance Argentina
Service/branch Argentine Army
Years of service 1907–1946
Rank Major General

Edelmiro Julián Farrell Plaul (Spanish pronunciation: [eðelˈmiɾo faˈrel]; February 12, 1887 – October 21, 1980) was an Argentine general. He was the de facto president of Argentina between 1944 and 1946.

Farrell had a great influence on later Argentine history by introducing his subordinate Juan Perón into government and paving the way for Perón's subsequent political career.

Early life[edit]

He was born in 1887 in Villa de los Industriales (Lanús, Buenos Aires). He was the tenth son of Juan C. Farrell (1846-1887) and Catalina Plaul (1852–1917) and the grandson of Matthew Farrell (1803-1860) of County Longford, Ireland and Mónica Ibáñez (1819-1867).

Military career[edit]

Farrell graduated from Argentine military school in 1907 as an infantry sub-lieutenant. He served in an Italian alpine regiment in Fascist Italy between 1924 and 1926. He then returned to Argentina.[citation needed]

After the 1943 coup, Farrell was promoted to Brigadier General and became vice-president during the military government of General Pedro Pablo Ramírez, who had deposed President Arturo Rawson. He was simultaneously Minister of War. Farrell appointed Juan Perón as his secretary.


Ramírez named Farrell as president on February 25, 1944. Farrell appointed Perón as vice-president. After popular demonstrations in favour of Perón in 1945 made Perón the most influential and important man in the government, Farrell announced presidential elections for 1946, and Perón was elected. On June 4, 1946, Farrell was succeeded as president by Perón. Farrell had been his commander while Perón was a colonel.

Despite having been brought to power through a coup d'état, Peronist historiography never calls him a dictator.[1]


He married on July 10, 1921, to Conrada Victoria Torni (January 1, 1895 - August 16, 1977), a teacher. They had three children: Nelly Victoria (born 1923), Jorge Edelmiro (1925–1950), and Susana Mabel (born 1930).


A widower, he died in 1980.

Popular culture[edit]

Farrell, in the movie Evita, is portrayed by British actor Denis Lill.



  1. ^ Mendelevich, p. 147

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sabá Sueyro
Vice President of Argentina
Succeeded by
Juan Perón
Preceded by
Pedro P. Ramírez
President of Argentina
Succeeded by
Juan Perón