César Mendoza

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The original members of the Government Junta. From right to left: Air Force General Gustavo Leigh, Army General Augusto Pinochet, Navy Admiral José Toribio Merino, and Police General César Mendoza.
César Mendoza
Medal record
Competitor for  Chile
Equestrian
Olympic Games
Silver 1952 Helsinki Team Jumping
Pan American Games
Gold Buenos Aires 1951 Team Jumping
Gold Chicago 1959 Team Dressage
Bronze Chicago 1959 Individual Dressage

General César Leonidas Mendoza Durán (September 11, 1918 – September 13, 1996) was a member of the Government Junta which ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990, representing the country-wide police force, the Carabineros de Chile.

Mendoza was born in Santiago, the youngest of the eleven children of Atilio Mendoza Valdebenito, a science teacher and first mayor of La Cisterna, and Amalia Durán, a pianist. In 1938, young César Mendoza began his compulsory military service. In 1940, he matriculated at the Carabineros' School, from which he was graduated as a second lieutenant the following year. Mendoza worked in different cities during his police career, starting in 1942 as a lieutenant at Molina, Talca, and the Carabineros' School. He was promoted to captain in 1953, to major in 1959, to lieutenant colonel in 1965, to colonel in 1968, to general in 1970, and to inspector general of the carabineros in 1972.

A noted horseman, Mendoza won a silver medal in the XV Olympiade of 1952 at Helsinki as a member of the show jumping team.1

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Political offices
Preceded by
None
Member of Government Junta
1973-1985
Succeeded by
Rodolfo Stange
Police appointments
Preceded by
José María Sepúlveda
General Director of Carabineros
1973-1985
Succeeded by
Rodolfo Stange









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