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Francois Duvalier Francois Duvalier was born on April 14, 1907 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was the President of Haiti between 1957 - 1971.

Biography and Career:

After receiving his M.D. in 1934, Duvalier was appointed as director general of the National Public Health Service in 1946 under Pres. Dumarsais Estime.

When Estime was overthrown by Paul Magloire, Duvalier led the opposition and assumed the presidency soon after Magloire's resignation in 1956. He reduced the size of the military and organized the Tontons Macoutes ("Bogeymen"), a private force that terrorized and assassinated alleged foes of his regime.

He played on the culture of vodun to intimidate the opposition as well. Promoting a cult of his person as the semidivine embodiment of the nation, he declared himself president for life in 1964.

His regime's corruption and despotism isolated Haiti, the poorest country in the hemisphere, from the rest of the world. His 19-year-old son, Jean-Claude Duvalier , succeeded him on his death.

A weak ruler dominated by his mother and later by his wife, Baby Doc instituted slight reforms, but increasing social unrest forced him to flee into exile in France in 1986.

With the army's support, he was elected to the presidency in 1957. In 1964 he declared himself president for life and indeed, stayed president until his death in 1971, when his son, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, succeeded him.

Franiois Duvalier was the notorious ruler of Haiti throughout the 1960s. Duvalier was a physician

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Date Added: 03 March '10

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