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Eleazar Lopez Contreras

Jose Eleazar Lopez Contreras (5 May 1883 2 January 1973) was President of Venezuela (1935-1941). Lopez was a general and one of Juan Vicente Gomez's collaborators.

Eleazar Lopez was the only child of Col. Manuel Maria Lopez and Catalina Contreras. At three months old, his father died of yellow fever in Cucuta (Colombia), because of the political persecution, taking care of the family his uncle Presbyter Fernando Contreras. At the age of 15 received the degree in philosophy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus College, at the town of La Grita (Tachira). Initially, the young Eleazar was going to study medicine at the University of Merida, the current University of the Andes, but joined to the Liberal Restauradora Revolution commanded by Cipriano Castro and Juan Vicente Gomez.

A military man, historian and politician, he was the last Commander in Chief of Venezuela. Eleazar Lopez was born in Queniquea, Tachira in 5 May 1883, and was one of the group of 60 that, with Cipriano Castro, usurped power in 1899.

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