Gabriel Gonzalez Videla
Gabriel Gonzalez Videla was a Chilean politician. He was a deputy and senator in the Chilean Congress and was President of Chile from 1946 to 1952. He also helped draft the current Chilean constitution.
Gonzalez was born on the coastal city of La Serena in 22 November 1898, he was Spanish descent, the oldest son of Gabriel Gonzalez Castillo and Teresa Videla Zepeda. He was the oldest in a family of eighteen children. After graduating from the Liceo de La Serena, Gonzalez went to study law at the University of Chile. He graduated from the university on 1922, but that same year his father became paralytic. Because of this tragedy, Gonzalez had to return to La Serena to help his family. He became a freemason in 1924.
In 1941, due to his rapidly escalating illness, President Aguirre Cerda appointed his minister of the Interior, Jeronimo Mendez as vice-president and died soon after, on November 25, 1941. Presidential elections were called for February 1, 1942. Two days before the internal primaries of the Radical Party, Gabriel Gonzalez Videla, who represented the Radical Party's more leftist faction, returned to Chile to dispute the nomination to Juan Antonio Rios. The results were too close to call, so a tribunal of honor (electoral commission) was constituted, and Juan Antonio Rios was finally proclaimed the candidate of the left-wings' coalition.
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