Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango

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Ricardo de la Guardia
President of Panama
In office
9 October 1941 – 15 June 1945
DeputyPresidential designates (1941)
José Pezet Arosemena
Aníbal Ríos Delgado
Presidential designates (1945)
Jeptha Brawner Duncan
Miguel Ángel Grimaldo
Alcibíades Arosemena
Preceded byArnulfo Arias
Succeeded byEnrique Adolfo Jiménez
Personal details
Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango

(1899-03-04)4 March 1899
Died29 December 1969(1969-12-29) (aged 70)
Political partyIndependent

Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango (14 March 1899 – 29 December 1969) was the 11th President of Panama from October 9, 1941 to June 15, 1945, during World War II. 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