José Joaquín Trejos Fernández

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Joaquín Trejos
Jose Juaquín Trejos Flores.jpg
35th President of Costa Rica
In office
8 May 1966 – 8 May 1970
Preceded by Francisco Orlich
Succeeded by José Figueres Ferrer
Personal details
Born (1916-04-18)18 April 1916
San José
Died 10 February 2010(2010-02-10) (aged 93)
San José
Political party National Unification Party (PUN)[1]
Alma mater University of Costa Rica[2]
Occupation Diplomat
Religion Roman Catholic

José Joaquín Antonio Trejos Fernández (18 April 1916 – 10 February 2010) was 35th President of Costa Rica from 1966 to 1970. His parents were Juan Trejos Quirós and Emilia Fernández Aguilar. As a student he obtained degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of Costa Rica. During Mario Echandi's administration he was part of Costa Rica's delegation in the United Nations. Trejos defeated Daniel Oduber in the election that secured him the presidency.[2] Trejos died on 10 February 2010.[3]

Elected as president[edit]

Without any political experience he won the presidential election of 1966 as candidate of a "Unificación Nacional" coalition. His victory was a close win over Daniel Oduber Quirós, with less than 4000 votes in his favor. Voters elected 26 congressmen from his party and the opposition won 29 seats.[4] During the Trejos presidency, the aggregated tax (IV) was introduced and the government debts were virtually erased.


  1. ^ "Political Leaders: Costa Rica". Zárate's Political Collections. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  2. ^ a b "José Joaquín Trejos Fernández". Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Historía de Costa Rica, Monge Alfaro, Carlos. edición #16, Imprenta Trejos, 1980, página 307, page 307
Political offices
Preceded by
Francisco Orlich Bolmarcich
President of Costa Rica
Succeeded by
José Figueres Ferrer