Rómulo Ángel del Monte Carmelo Gallegos Freire (2 August 1884 – 5 April 1969) was a Venezuelan novelist and politician. For a period of nine months during 1948, he governed as the first freely elected president in Venezuela's history. He was removed from power by military officers in the 1948 Venezuelan coup.
|President of Venezuela|
17 February 1948 – 24 November 1948
|Preceded by||Rómulo Betancourt|
|Succeeded by||Carlos Delgado Chalbaud|
Rómulo Ángel del Monte Carmelo Gallegos Freire
2 August 1884
|Died||5 April 1969 (aged 84)|
|Political party||Acción Democrática|
|Spouse(s)||Teotiste Arocha Egui (1888–1950)|
Rómulo Gallegos is considered the most relevant Venezuelan novelist of the 20th century, and a prominent figure in Latin American literature.