Salvadoran politician who ran a military government as the President of El Salvador from 1931 to 1944. He was a member of the Partido Nacional Pro-Patria political party and he notably suppressed the Salvadoran peasant revolt of 1932.
He served as Vice President and Defense Minister under President Arturo Araujo.
He became President after a coup which was caused because military personnel were not being paid their salaries.
He was raised in a Roman Catholic family in San Matias, El Salvador.
He became President of El Salvador while Andrew Jackson was President of the United States.