Juan Vicente Gómez

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Birthday
24, 1857
Birthplace
Venezuela
Death Date
Dec 17, 1935 (78)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
24, 1857
Birthplace
Venezuela
Death Date
Dec 17, 1935 (78)

About

Venezuelan military leader who controlled Venezuela from 1908 until 1935. He served as president three times and de facto military leader for the in-between period.

Before Fame

He worked as a cattle herder in his early life and joined the private army of Venezuelan leader Cipriano Castro in 1899.

Trivia

Despite his reputation as a tyrant, he was credited with enriching the country's economy and social structure following the discovery of oil.

Family Life

He never married, but he had two notable mistresses and fathered as many as eighty children.

Associated With

Hugo Chavez was another controversial Venezuelan leader.