José Figueres Ferrer was born September 25, 1906 in San Ramón, Cost Rica. He served as president of a governing junta in from 1948 to 1949 and as constitutional president from 1953to 1958 and from 1970 to 1974. Figueres's second constitutional term as president (1970–1974) was controversial, namely because he invited fugitive U.S. financier Robert Vesco to live and invest in Costa Rica in 1972.
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