February 19th 1913: Pedro Lascuráin’s presidency
On this day 100 years ago in 1913, Pedro Lascuráin became President of Mexico. He was only in office for around 45 minutes, making his presidency the shortest in history. On 19th February 1913 President Madero was overthrown in a military coup. Also ousted were the next in line to the presidency (the Vice-President and Attorney General), thus Foreign Minister Lascuráin succeeded the presidency. The instigator of the coup, General Huerta, had Lascuráin appoint him Interior Minister (next in line after the Foreign Minister) and then resign, making Huerta President. Lascuráin died in 1952 aged 96.