Roberto M. Levingston

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Roberto M. Levingston
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36th President of Argentina
De facto
In office
June 18, 1970 – March 21, 1971
Preceded by Juan Carlos Onganía
Succeeded by Alejandro Lanusse
Personal details
Born (1920-01-19)January 19, 1920
San Luis, Argentina
Died June 17, 2015(2015-06-17) (aged 95)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Argentine
Political party None
Spouse(s) Betty Nelly Andrés
Children Roberto Antonio
María Cristina
Alberto Marcelo
Profession Military
Religion Roman Catholicism

Roberto Marcelo Levingston Laborda (January 19, 1920 – June 17, 2015) was an Argentine Army general who was President of Argentina from June 18, 1970 to March 22, 1971, during the Revolución Argentina period in Argentine history.[1][2]

Levingston was born in San Luis Province, and graduated from the Colegio Militar de la Nación in 1941.[3]

His military expertise included intelligence and counterinsurgency, and he took the presidency of Argentina in a military coup that deposed Juan Carlos Onganía over his ineffective response to the Montoneros and other guerillas.[2] His regime was marked by a protectionist economic policy that did little to overcome the inflation and recession that the country was undergoing at the time,[1] and by the imposition of the death penalty against terrorists and kidnappers.[2] In response to renewed anti-government rioting in Córdoba and to the labor crisis under his leadership, he was deposed by another military junta led by Alejandro Lanusse.[1][2]

He died on June 17, 2015, at the age of 95.[3]

Levingston in civilian clothing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lewis, Daniel K. (2001), The History of Argentina, The Greenwood histories of the modern nations, Greenwood Publishing Group, pp. 134–135, ISBN 978-0-313-31256-4 .
  2. ^ a b c d Keen, Benjamin; Haynes, Keith (2008), A History of Latin America (8th ed.), Cengage Learning, p. 374, ISBN 978-0-618-78318-2 .
  3. ^ a b "Murió Roberto Marcelo Levingston", La Nación (in Spanish), June 18, 2015