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Jorge Rafael Videla
President of Argentina
De facto
In office
29 March 1976 – 29 March 1981
Preceded by Isabel Perón
Succeeded by Roberto Viola
Personal details
Born Jorge Rafael Videla
2 August 1925(1925-08-02)
Mercedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died 17 May 2013(2013-05-17) (aged 87)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Argentine
Spouse(s) Alicia Raquel Hartridge (m. 1948–2013) «start: (1948)–end+1: (2014)»"Marriage: Alicia Raquel Hartridge to Jorge Rafael Videla" Location: (linkback:
Children 7
Alma mater Colegio Militar de la Nación
Profession Military
Military service
Allegiance Argentina
Service/branch Argentine Army
Years of service 1944–1981
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands Argentine Army

Jorge Rafael Videla (2 August 1925 – 17 May 2013) was a senior commander in the Argentine Army who was the de facto President of Argentina from 1976 to 1981.

Early life

Videla was born on 2 August 1925 in Mercedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied at the National Military College (Colegio Militar de la Nación). Videla married Alicia Raquel Hartridge in 1948.


He came to power in a coup d'état that deposed Isabel Martínez de Perón. After the return of a representative democratic government in 1983, he was prosecuted for large-scale human rights abuses and crimes against humanity that took place under his rule, including kidnappings or forced disappearance, widespread torture and extrajudicial murder of activists, political opponents (either real, suspected or alleged) as well as their families, at secret concentration camps and the theft of many babies born during the captivity of their mothers at the illegal detention centers.

Personal life

Videla remained married to his wife Alicia until his death in 2013. They had seven children.


He was under house arrest until 10 October 2008, when he was sent to a military prison. On 22 December 2010, Videla was sentenced to life in a civilian prison for the deaths of 31 prisoners following his coup d'état. On 5 July 2012, Videla was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the systematic kidnapping of children during his tenure.


Videla died on 17 May 2013 in Marcos Paz Prison in Buenos Aires from natural causes, aged 87.[1]


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