Dominican Republic President. Born in Villa Bisonó, Dominican Republic, he graduated with a law degree from the University of Santo Domingo and began a political career when he was appointed Attorney in the Court of Properties, in 1930. He then went on to be Secretary of the Dominican Legation in Madrid, (1932-35), Undersecretary of the Presidency, in (1936), Undersecretary of Foreign Relations, in (1937), Extraordinary Ambassador to Colombia and Ecuador, (1940-47), Ambassador to Mexico, (1947-49), Secretary of Education, (1949-55) and Secretary of State of Foreign Relations, (1953-56). Elected President of the Dominican Republic, he served three non-consecutive terms in office, (1960-62), (1966-78) and (1986-96). After his final term, he wrote many books for contemporary Dominican literature. He died on heart failure at age 95 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith