Roberto M. Levingston

Roberto M. Levingston
President of Argentina
De facto
In office
June 18, 1970 – March 21, 1971
Preceded by Juan Carlos Onganía
Succeeded by Alejandro Lanusse
Personal details
Born (1920-01-10)January 10, 1920
San Luis, Argentina
Died June 17, 2015(2015-06-17) (aged 95)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Argentine
Political party None
Spouse(s) Betty Nelly Andrés
Children Roberto Antonio
María Cristina
Alberto Marcelo
Profession Military

Roberto Marcelo Levingston Laborda (January 10, 1920[1][2][3] – June 17, 2015) was an Argentine Army general who was President of Argentina from June 18, 1970 to March 22, 1971, during the Revolución Argentina period in Argentine history.[4][5]

Levingston was born in San Luis Province, and graduated from the Colegio Militar de la Nación in 1941.[6]

His military expertise included intelligence and counterinsurgency, and he took the presidency of Argentina in a military coup that deposed Juan Carlos Onganía over his ineffective response to the Montoneros and other guerillas.[5] His regime was marked by a protectionist economic policy that did little to overcome the inflation and recession that the country was undergoing at the time,[4] and by the imposition of the death penalty against terrorists and kidnappers.[5] In response to renewed anti-government rioting in Córdoba and to the labor crisis under his leadership, he was deposed by another military junta led by Alejandro Lanusse.[4][5]

Personal life

On 18 December 1943, Levingston married Betty Nelly Andrés (born 4 May 1926)[7] and had two sons and one daughter, Roberto, Maria and Alberto.


He died on June 17, 2015, at the age of 95.[6]

Levingston in civilian clothing


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  6. ^ a b "Murió Roberto Marcelo Levingston", La Nación (in Spanish), June 18, 2015
  7. ^ "Bety Nelly Andrés Llana n. 4 May 1926 San Miguel, Bs. As., Argentina: Genealogía Familiar". Retrieved 13 October 2017.