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Carlos Sylvestre Begnis


Carlos Sylvestre Begnis (30 August 1903 22 September 1980) was a medical doctor and politician, born in Alto Grande, a village near Bell Ville, Cordoba province in Argentina. He was a rural physician and worked as a surgeon in hospitals of the city of Rosario, province of Santa Fe.

He entered politics through the Radical Civic Union. In 1958 he was elected governor of Santa Fe, following a period of de facto military rule . He became a part of the Intransigent Radical Civic Union (UCRI), and then formed part of the leadership of the Movement for Integration and Development (MID). His term was ended by a federal intervention.

In the 1970s, Sylvestre Begnis moved to the Justicialist Party (Peronism), and was elected governor again in 1973 (Argentina had just emerged from seven years of military dictatorship). The Hernandarias Subfluvial Tunnel, which joins Santa Fe and Entre Rios under the Parana River, was built during his administration, and then officially renamed after him and Entre Rios governor Raul Uranga. The Brigadier Estanislao Lopez Highway, linking Rosario and Santa Fe (the two largest cities in the province), was also built at this time. Sylvestre Begnis followed the policies of desarrollismo, sponsored by the national government of president Arturo Frondizi, devoting a large share of the provincial budget to public works .

Sylvestre Begnis again could not complete his term, being removed from office in 1976 as a result of the military coup that started the dictatorship of the National Reorganization Process. He died of acute leukemia in 1980, at the age of 77.

His son Juan Hector, also a politician, served the Justicialist government of Jorge Obeid as Minister of Health, and is currently campaigning for mayor of Rosario.

Sources

Homage to Sylvestre Begnis.

La Capital. 21 September 2003. Sylvestre Begnis: el mejor gobernador de la provincia?

La Capital. 28 August 2005. Excerpt of the biographical book Carlos Sylvestre Begnis, by Miguel de Marco Jr.

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