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Ramon Jose Velasquez

Ramon Jose Velasquez Mujica (born 28 November 1916) is a Venezuelan political figure. He served as president of Venezuela between 1993 and 1994. He is known as a historian, journalist, lawyer, politician and entertainer of companies for his knowledge of the "national life".

Velasquez was born in San Juan de Colon, Tachira state, on 28 November 1916. Studied law and political sciences at the Central University of Venezuela, graduating in 1942. On 23 January 1958, when the democratic process began in Venezuela, founded the vespertine El Mundo. Velasquez has also been the president of El Nacional during two occasions (1964-1968/1979-1981). His interest in the media projected into the university atmosphere and this was reflected in the creation of a particular class on the history of the mass media in Venezuela at the Andres Bello Catholic University. Velasquez was also founder a class on historical processes in Venezuela at the Metropolitan University of Caracas. As well as another class at the Institute of Historical Investigations and one on the Venezuelan Media at the Central University of Venezuela. He is a member of the International Council of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation.

As a historian, he has imposed his authority, thanks to the density of his works on episodes and personalities of Venezuelan history. From his work as investigator and his initiatives lead to the creation of the Archivo Historico de Miraflores (Historical Archive of Miraflores) (1961), the Foundation for the rescue of the Venezuelan Documentary Heap (1974) and the Office of Investigations of Political History of the Congress (1983), of which he was also president. Velasquez has rescued several documents and significant papers of the national life, and has put them in diverse collections of bibliographical value, of these last ones, under his direction, they deserve to stand out at the Bulletin of the Historical Archive of Miraflores (founded in 1961) Pensamiento politico venezolano del siglo XIX (Venezuelan Political Thought of the XIX century) , Viajando por Venezuela (Travelling Venezuela) , Nuestro siglo XIX, 1830-1900 , Pensamiento politico venezolano del siglo XX (Political Thought of the XX century) (1983). These important works have brought him many recognitions, individual of number of the National Academy of History (1964), Maria Moors Cabot prize of the University of Columbia, New York in 1967, Municipal prize of Prose (1972) fpr his book La caida del liberalismo amarillo (The fall of yellow Liberalism), individual of number of the Venezuelan Academy of Language (1977), and the Honoris Causa degree from the Andes University (1987), University of Carabobo (1987), Santa Maria University (1987) and the National Experimental University of Tachira (1992).

Related websites

Biography (in Spanish) by CIDOB Foundation

"La Paz Ramonica" (Velasquezs government) by Edgar C. Otalvora

"RJV La Red de Liberales y Socialdemocratas" (Velasquezs biography by Edgar C. Otalvora)

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