Tomás Monje

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Tomás Monje
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48th President of Bolivia
In office
15 August 1946 – 10 March 1947
Preceded by Néstor Guillén
Succeeded by Enrique Hertzog
Personal details
Born Tomás Monje Gutierréz
(1884-12-21)21 December 1884
Coroico, La Paz Department, Bolivia
Died 1 July 1954(1954-07-01) (aged 69)
La Paz, Bolivia
Nationality Bolivian
Profession Politician, lawyer

Tomás Monje Gutierréz (21 December 1884 – 1 July 1954) was 48th President of Bolivia between August 1946 and March 1947.

Background and earlier career[edit]

Born in Coroico, department of La Paz, he was a noted intellectual and judge. He served as deputy minister of agriculture 1926-27, after which he was appointed minister of the government and justice. From 1930 until 1936 he was Attorney general.

President of Bolivia[edit]

In his capacity as head of the Bolivian Supreme Court, he was named President by the forces that toppled President Gualberto Villarroel via coup d'état on July 21, 1946. Monje happened to be ill at the time, however, which is why his deputy, Néstor Guillén, filled in for him for 27 days, until Monje was well enough to be sworn in August of the same year. Very much a caretaker president, Monje Gutiérrez was in charge with the simple task of calling elections as soon as possible. This done, he transferred power to the winner of the January 1947 elections, the conservative Enrique Hertzog.

Post-Presidency and death[edit]

At that point Monje returned to relative obscurity, dying in La Paz on July 1, 1954.

Sources[edit]

  • Mesa José de; Gisbert, Teresa; and Carlos D. Mesa, "Historia de Bolivia", 3rd edition. pp. 577–578.
Political offices
Preceded by
Néstor Guillén
President of Bolivia
1946–1947
Succeeded by
Enrique Hertzog