Obregón, Álvaro, 1880-1928

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Álvaro Obregón (b. Feb. 19, 1880, Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico–d. July 17, 1928, Mexico City, Mexico) was a Mexican general and later President of Mexico. As a child he worked on his family farm and later became a successful chickpea farmer and inventor.

In 1912, Obregón joined the Fourth Irregular Battalion of Sonora, organized under the command of General Sanginés to oppose Pascual Orozco's revolt and rose up the ranks; by 1913 the entire area of Northwestern Mexico under Obregón's command. Obregón supported Sonora's decision to follow Governor of Coahuila Venustiano Carranza as leader of a revolution against the Huerta regime. Carranza appointed Obregón commander of the revolutionary forces in northwestern Mexico and in 1915 appointed him as his minister of war. In 1920, Obregón lead a revolt against Carranza, in which Carranza was assassinated.

In 1920 Obregón was elected President and it was the first stable presidency since the Mexican Revolution. As president, he oversaw educational and land reforms and enacted labor laws. He stepped down in 1924 after successfully crushing a rebellion. In 1928 he was elected for a second term but was assassinated by José de León Toral.

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associatedWith Calles, Plutarco Elías, 1877-1945. person
associatedWith Carranza, Venustiano, 1859-1920. person
associatedWith Carter, Henry Rose, 1852-1925 person
associatedWith Dulles, John W. F. person
associatedWith Dunn, Linda Tays person
associatedWith Dunn, Linda Tays. person
associatedWith García, Genaro, 1867-1920 person
associatedWith Golson, B. person
associatedWith G. y S., J. person
associatedWith Hench, Philip S. (Philip Showalter), 1896-1965 person
associatedWith Huerta, Adolfo ˜de laœ 1881-1955 person
associatedWith Jose Maria Maytorena person
associatedWith Kean, Jefferson Randolph, 1860-1950 person
associatedWith Kettlewell, Frank. person
associatedWith Lazear, Jesse William, 1866-1900 person
associatedWith Martin, Herman, 1894-1986. person
associatedWith Maytorena, José María, 1867-1948. person
associatedWith Monday, Henry Albert, 1876-1942. person
associatedWith Morones, Luis N. person
associatedWith Reed, Walter, 1851-1902 person
associatedWith United States. Army corporateBody
associatedWith Vasconcelos, José. person
associatedWith Villa, Pancho, 1878-1923 person
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
associatedWith Weinberger, Harry, 1888- person
associatedWith Wilkie, James Wallace. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Alamos 26 MX
Mexico City 09 MX
Calles, Plutarco Elias
Mexico History
Obregon, Alvaro


Birth 1880-02-19

Death 1928-07-17



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