General Juan Domingo Peron - three times elected president of Argentina, patriarch of a historic Latin American political movement was born in Lobos, Bueno Aires Province. Educated at a military college, his early life revolved around political uprisings and coup d"e tats. He wrote several military history books which were published. A prison term was imposed for his activities. His fortunes brightened upon marriage to Maria Eva Duarte (Evita) and Juan Peron was elected president in 1946. Evita's death weakened his power, along with economic difficulties, labor unrest, and his excommunication by the Roman Catholic Church. A military revolt in 1955 forced him to flee to Spain where he remained in exile for 18 years. He returned in 1973 with a third wife, Isabel. Peron was elected president once again with his wife as vice president. Already 78 years old and sick, he left the reins of government to subordinates. He died at Olives, the home of Argentine Presidents, of heart failure. His embalmed body was brought to the National Congress Building in Buenos Aires and he lay in state in the blue chamber. Once again, thousands of Argentines lined up to view the body clad in an army uniform bedecked with medals and a sash of office across his chest. The office of the presidency was assumed by the comical and incompetent Isabel. She became a vertual recluse. Juan Peron's body was returned to the presidential palace at Olives and placed in the chapel. Isabel had Evita's remains returned from a hiding place in Madrid, Spain. It came to rest beside that of Juan. Construction commenced on a giant 160-foot high altar that was to be the final resting place for Evita and the General. It was not to be. Isabel clung to the presidency for a mere two years and was toppled by Argentine generals. General Videla became president. His first priority was to get rid of the bodies so he could move into the Presidential Palace. On October 22, 1976, Evita was evicted, in attendance only a truckload of troops. She was placed in the Duarte family tomb in the famous wealthy family cemetery of Recoleta. It is still under heavy guard. On December 19, 1976, Juan Peron followed and he was quickly entombed in the family vault at Chacarita Cemetery located in Buenos Aires. General Videla's forces dynamited the partially constructed High Altar tomb leaving only a crater. In 1987, the strange odyssey of the Perons continued. Despite elaborate security defenses protecting the coffin, robbers broke into the General's crypt, smashed through a slab of bulletproof glass and sliced off the general's hands with an electric saw. The Peronist party received a letter demanding an eight million dollar ransom for the historic hands. The hands have never been found nor a ransom paid. On October 17, 2006, his remains were moved again to the Museo Quinta 17 de Octubre, a former property of Peron and Evita, to a specially built crypt.
1919–1952 (m. 1944)
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