|President of Ecuador|
February 15, 1972 – January 11, 1976
|Preceded by||Abelardo Montalvo|
|Succeeded by||José María Velasco Ibarra|
|Born||November 4, 1924|
Aída Judith León (m. 1953)
|Alma mater||School of the Americas|
During his rule, drilling the country's oil reserves funded the construction of hospitals, schools, roads (notably, paving the Quito-Tulcán road), the oil refinery at Esmeraldas, and equipment for the armed services. The military removed him from power in 1976.