Juan José Arévalo Biography

President (non-U.S.) (1904–1990)
President of Guatemala Juan José Arévalo pursued a nationalistic foreign policy while internally encouraging the labor movement and instituting social reforms.


Juan José Arévalo was born September 10, 1904, Taxisco, Guatemala. After serving in the Guatemalan ministry of education in 1936, he returned to Argentina, where he held a variety of academic positions. Back in Guatemala, he was easily elected president in December 1944. During his administration a social-security system was established and a labor code was enacted.

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