Sunday, December 13, 2009

Facial Hair of the Weekend

Venustiano Carranza (1859-1920). Carranza became political leader of Mexico in 1914 upon the overthrow of Victoriano Huerta. Carranza marked a return of revolutionary leadership (and amazing facial hair) to the presidency, but was unable to satisfy the forces of Emiliano Zapata to the South, Francisco "Pancho" Villa to the north, and increasingly later in his term, his own generals, whom he did not want running for president in 1920. While Carranza did push through major reforms during his time in office, his term was also marked by corruption. Carranza was assassinated by one of his former general's supporters in 1920 as he tried to flee Mexico City.