Nicolás Lindley López
|84th President of Peru|
March 3, 1963 – July 28, 1963
|Preceded by||Ricardo Pérez Godoy|
|Succeeded by||Fernando Belaúnde|
|Born||November 16, 1908|
|Died||February 3, 1995 (aged 86)|
|Spouse(s)||María Álvarez del Villar|
Nicolás Lindley López (November 16, 1908 – February 3, 1995) was a Peruvian military commander who headed the military government in Peru for several months in 1963.
Lindley was born in Lima in 1908 to an upper-class family of English descent. He studied at the Anglo-Peruvian School (Colegio San Andrés). In 1926, he entered theChorrillos Military School, where he obtained his doctorate in 1930. Lindley had a successful career within the military, and in 1960 he became general commander of the Peruvian Army.
In July 1962, Lindley launched a military coup together with Ricardo Pérez Godoy against the democratically elected President of Peru Manuel Prado. They installed a military government, initially headed by Pérez with Lindley as the minister of defense. The junta's main goal was to organize new elections and transfer power to a newly elected government. When Pérez showed an inclination to stay in power for longer than originally foreseen, he was overthrown by Lindley on March 3, 1963. Lindley stayed in power until July 28 that year when the election winner Fernando Belaúnde took over the presidency.
From 1964 to 1975, Lindley served as the Peruvian ambassador to Spain. He then retired from politics and military life, and later returned to Peru, where he lived until his death at the age of 86.
- Paper Money issue by the Lindley Administration