Armas, Carlos Castillo b. November 4, 1914 d. July 26, 1957 President of Guatemala. He was a Guatemalan military officer who seized power in a CIA-orchestrated coup in 1954. He held the title of President of Guatemala from July 8, 1954 until his assassination in 1957. Prior to the 1944 Revolution, Carlos Castillo Armas served as an artillery instructor at Fort San Jose. During the 1944 Revolution, he strongly supported Francisco Javier Arana and friend Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán, two members of the ruling triumvirate. For his support, he was promoted to...[Read More] Cemeterio General, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala
Casariego y Acevedo, Cardinal. Mario b. February 13, 1909 d. June 15, 1983 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Figueras de Castropol, Spain, Mario Casariego y Acevedo joined the Clerics Regular of Somasca in 1924 in El Salvador, making his solemn profession on October 3, 1930, in Somasca, Italy. After undergoing studies at the Somascan houses of studies in Bergamo and Genoa and later at the Somascan theological seminary of San Salvador, he was ordained priest on July 19, 1936 in San Salvador. Rector of the La Ceiba Institute of San Salvador, he served as counselor of...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Catedral Primada Metropolitana de Santiago, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala
Guzman, Jacobo Arbenz b. September 14, 1913 d. January 27, 1971 President of Guatemala. He served as the elected head of his country from March 15, 1951 to June 27, 1954. A reformist who began to nationalize the fruit industry, Guzman was overthrown in a CIA-orchestrated coup in 1954 because it was feared he was getting too close to the Soviet Union's sphere of influence. He lived the remainder of his life in exile in many countries, finally winding up in Mexico. He died under mysterious circumstances, drowning in his bathtub. In 1995 his remains were...[Read More] (Bio by: Erik Lander) Cemeterio General, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala
Quezada Toruño, Cardinal. Rodolfo b. March 8, 1932 d. June 4, 2012 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The Archbishop Emeritus of Guatemala City, he shall probably be remembered for his part in ending his country's long-running civil war. Raised in the Guatemalan capital city, he studied at the Seminary of San Jose in El Salvador, was ordained a Priest on September 21, 1956, and in 1959 earned a degree in theology from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. After receiving a doctorate in canon law from Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University in 1962 he returned to...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Catedral Primada Metropolitana de Santiago, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala Plot: Chapel of Santiago Apostol
Riveiro y Jacinto, Archbishop. Julián Raymundo b. February 17, 1854 d. May 8, 1931 Roman Catholic Archbishop. A staunch promoter of devotion to Our Lady under the title of the Rosary in Guatemala, Monsignor Julián Raymundo Riveiro y Jacinto OP., was the first and so far, only member of the Order of Preachers to lead the Archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala. Born in Cobán, his mother Mercedes Jacinto died while delivering him, and raised by his father, besides the Castilian spoke fluent Quekchí, one of the Mayan languages, a tongue he retained even after his appointment to his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Basílica Menor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala Plot: Beneath the Presbytery.
Ubico y Castaneda, Jorge b. November 11, 1878 d. June 14, 1946 Guatemalan Military, Political Leader. Ubico y Castaneda served as President of Guatemala from 1931 to 1944. He received a commission in the Guatemalan army in 1897 and spent his early adult life in military service. Ubico y Castaneda also served as provincial governor during this time. He would continue to serve in both the military and the government. In 1931, with support of liberals and progressives, Ubico Y Castaneda was elected president. His administration started programs to...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Cemeterio General, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala