Juan Peron
Mackenzie Luca

Juan Peron was born in Lobos, Argentina in 1895. At age 16 Peron joined military school training as an officer, athletic as he was he excelled in sports including fencing, skiing and boxing. In 1941 Peron joined the Grupo de Oficiales Unidos, a secret group of military officers. While overthrowing the civilian government, he participated in the GOU coup, a notable or successful move. Throughout the years of 1944 and 1945 Juan Peron was promoted to the minister of war and then vice president. In 1946, while reinforcing his power, he was elected as president of Argentina. Creating a new  economic path for the country, one of Peron's goal was to moralize industrialization and government intervention. Juan introduced the "Third Way", meaning neither capitalism nor communist. During the month of September of 1955 was exiled by a military officer and fled to Paraguay. With the help of the Peronist movement Peron reclaimed presidency in 1973 following his return to Argentina. After winning a special election he announced the vice president as his new wife, Isabel. He died on July 1, 1974 inBuenos Aires while his wife held onto presidency until she was later removed by a military coup in March of 1975.  

  • This video shows that the people of Argentina worshipped Peron for his goals and achievements. When in exile Peron worked to ensure his return to Argentina with the help of millions "Peronist" followers. In June he was welcomed back to Argentina with wild excitement and returned to his term as president.

Dear Juan Peron,

I can not thank you enough for all that you have done for our country. Without you paying off our foreign debt our country would face many challenges in the future. Women now have a rights to  vote, the 5-year plan covered everything from the right to vote to shipbuilding. The economy has strengthened with the help of the AIPE or the Argentina Institute for Promotion of Exchanfe, a monopoly that dealt with all commodity exports. By initiating more than 45 hydroelectric projects it produced 2 billion kilowatt-hours of energy, doubled the amount of produced in 1936. We can not thank you enough for what you have done for us and we hope your legacy lives on.


A Citizen of Argentia


What importance did Peron attribute to leadership?