Arturo Rawson

Arturo Rawson
26th President of Argentina
De facto
In office
June 4, 1943  June 6, 1943
Preceded by Ramón Castillo
Succeeded by Pedro P. Ramírez
Personal details
Born (1885-06-04)June 4, 1885
Santiago del Estero
Died October 8, 1952(1952-10-08) (aged 67)
Buenos Aires
Nationality Argentine
Political party none
Spouse(s) Delia Sixta Borda (1895-1983)
Profession Military

Arturo Rawson (June 4, 1885 – October 8, 1952) was an Argentine politician, military officer, and the provisional President of the Republic from June 4, 1943 to June 7, 1943.[1][2][3]

His coup started a series which culminated in the accession to power of the Labour Party just 3 years later.


Rawson was born in Santiago del Estero in 1884 to a San Juan family of American origin.[4][5] Rawson attended Argentina’s Military College, which he graduated from in 1905[6] and subsequently taught at for a time. Rawson rose through the ranks of the Argentine Army and was eventually promoted to general. By 1943, Rawson was the Commanding Officer of Cavalry at Campo de Mayo. On June 3, 1943, Rawson was contacted by members of the GOU (United Officers' Group), a group of military officers planning to overthrow Argentina’s civilian government. The GOU, lacking the sufficient number of troops needed to successfully implement a coup, knew Rawson could provide the soldiers they required. Rawson, who had been scheming to overthrow the government even before he was contacted by the GOU, agreed to their plan. On June 4, Rawson and 10,000 troops under his command entered Buenos Aires and overthrew the government of Ramón Castillo. This ended the historical period known as the Infamous Decade and started the Revolution of '43.

Rawson promptly declared himself president of Argentina the same day, beating Pedro Pablo Ramírez to do so.[7] However, his choices for his cabinet alienated the GOU leadership, who forced him to resign on June 7. Rawson, as Castillo, supported the Allies of World War II, but the bulk of the military that organized the coup wanted Argentina to stay neutral in the conflict, considering that joining the war would prove destructive for the country. Colonel Elbio Anaya appeared at his office and told him that he was ruling because of a misunderstanding, as the president was Ramírez. Rawson resigned, and rejected the military escort, leaving the Casa Rosada on a military jeep. His time as president was so brief that he never actually made the Oath of office. Even so, he did not take power as an interim president, but expecting to rule for a long time.[8] Thus, Rawson is the president of Argentina with the shortest mandate, just three days.[7]

After resigning as president, Rawson was appointed Ambassador to Brazil, a post he would hold until 1944.[9] He congratulated Ramírez when he broke relations with Germany and Japan.[10] In 1945, Rawson was arrested and brought before a military tribunal for opposing the government of President Edelmiro Farrell, but he was quickly released. In September 1951, Rawson supported General José Benjamín Menéndez’s failed attempt to overthrow the government of Juan Perón, for which Rawson was temporarily imprisoned. He wrote the book Argentina y Bolivia en la epopeya de la emancipación (literally "Argentina and Bolivia in the Liberation epic"). Rawson died of a heart attack in Buenos Aires in 1952. He is buried at La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires.



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Preceded by
Ramón Castillo
President of Argentina
Succeeded by
Pedro P. Ramírez
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