Rafael Trujillo

1891 - 1961

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Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina (24 October 1891 – 30 May 1961), nicknamed El Jefe (Spanish: [el ˈxefe]), was a Dominican military commander and dictator who ruled the Dominican Republic from August 1930 until his assassination in May 1961. He served as president from 1930 to 1938 and again from 1942 to 1952, ruling for the rest of his life as an unelected military strongman under figurehead presidents. His rule of 31 years, known to Dominicans as the Trujillo Era (Spanish: El Trujillato or La Era de Trujillo), was one of the longest for a non-royal leader in the world, and centered around a personality cult of the ruling family. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rafael Trujillo has received more than 3,522,514 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Rafael Trujillo is the 1,428th most popular politician (down from 1,328th in 2019), the most popular biography from Dominican Republic and the most popular Dominican Politician.

Rafael Trujillo was a Dominican dictator who ruled the Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1961. He is most famous for his brutal rule.

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Among politicians, Rafael Trujillo ranks 1,428 out of 19,576Before him are Mohammed VI of Morocco, Philip of Swabia, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Alexios III Angelos, Manuel Azaña, and Turgut Özal. After him are Leo V the Armenian, Tarja Halonen, Sulayman ibn Abd al-Malik, Dorgon, Guillermo Lasso, and Muhammad Shaybani.

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Among people born in 1891, Rafael Trujillo ranks 17Before him are James Chadwick, John Howard Northrop, Pär Lagerkvist, Henry Miller, Otto Dix, and Rudolf Carnap. After him are Genrikh Yagoda, Helmuth Weidling, Walther Bothe, Ilya Ehrenburg, Fritz Todt, and Frederick Banting. Among people deceased in 1961, Rafael Trujillo ranks 13Before him are Emily Greene Balch, Gary Cooper, Percy Williams Bridgman, Jules Bordet, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Mohammed V of Morocco. After him are Otto Loewi, Adnan Menderes, Frantz Fanon, Zog I of Albania, Paul Landowski, and Kurt Meyer.

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In Dominican Republic

Among people born in Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo ranks 1 out of 51After him are Oscar de la Renta (1932), Théodore Chassériau (1819), Joaquín Balaguer (1906), Juan Pablo Duarte (1813), Hatuey (1478), Maria Montez (1912), Juan Bosch (1909), Danilo Medina (1951), Leonel Fernández (1953), Máximo Gómez (1836), and Héctor Trujillo (1908).

Among POLITICIANS In Dominican Republic

Among politicians born in Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo ranks 1After him are Joaquín Balaguer (1906), Juan Pablo Duarte (1813), Hatuey (1478), Juan Bosch (1909), Danilo Medina (1951), Leonel Fernández (1953), Héctor Trujillo (1908), Luis Abinader (1967), Salvador Jorge Blanco (1926), Hipólito Mejía (1941), and Ulises Heureaux (1845).