Getúlio Vargas Biography

President (non-U.S.) (1882–1954)
Controversial Brazilian president Getúlio Vargas seized power after leading a revolution in 1938.


After leading a 1938 revolution that overthrew the ruling Brazilian party, Getúlio Vargas assumed dicatorial powers and worked to centralize government until he himself was overthrown in 1945. Remaining a controversial and divisive figure, he was later elected president in 1951 but committed suicide in 1954 after widespread calls for his withdrawal.

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