Eduardo Lonardi

Eduardo Ernesto Lonardi Doucet (Spanish pronunciation: [eðuˈaɾðo loˈnaɾði]; September 15, 1896 March 22, 1956) was an Argentine Lieutenant General and served as de facto president from September 23 to November 13, 1955.[1]

Eduardo Lonardi
30th President of Argentina
De facto
In office
September 23, 1955  November 12, 1955
Vice PresidentIsaac Rojas
Preceded byJuan Perón
Succeeded byPedro Eugenio Aramburu
Personal details
Born(1896-09-15)September 15, 1896
Buenos Aires
DiedMarch 22, 1956(1956-03-22) (aged 59)
Buenos Aires
Political partynone
Spouse(s)Mercedes Villada Achával (1924-1956)


Lonardi was born on September 15, 1896.

Lonardi was appointed military attache to Chile during the presidency of Ramón Castillo in 1942, but shortly afterwards he was declared "persona non grata" by the Chilean government on accusations of espionage. Returning to Argentina, he participated in the coup that overthrew Castillo. He then was appointed military attache to Washington, DC around 1946 where he stayed for a few years. He then permanently returned to Argentina.

Eduardo Lonardi, a Catholic nationalist, assumed leadership of the Revolución Libertadora junta that overthrew Juan Perón on September 16, 1955. He was greeted by chants of Cristo Vence ("Christ is Victorious") when arriving in Buenos Aires. Favoring a transition with "neither victors nor vanquished", his conciliatory approach was deemed too soft by the liberal faction of the armed forces, who deposed him less than two months into his de facto presidency and replaced him with hard-liner Pedro Aramburu.[1]

He went to the United States to receive cancer treatment. He returned to Argentina and died on 22 March 1956 from cancer.


  1. Eduardo Lonardi (October 17, 1955). "The Victor Indicts His Fleeing Foe". Life magazine. Retrieved 2011-04-19.
Political offices
Preceded by
José Gómez
President of Argentina
Succeeded by
Pedro Eugenio Aramburu

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