Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango

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Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango (14 March 1899 - 29 December 1969) was the independent president of Panama from October 9, 1941 to June 15, 1945. He also served as governor of Panamá Province from 1936 to 1938. His government was the first Latin American government to declare war on the Axis Powers following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and he allowed the United States to lease military bases across the country.


Political offices
Preceded by
Arnulfo Arias
President of Panama
Succeeded by
Enrique Adolfo Jiménez