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Who was Lazaro Cárdenas?

Lázaro Cárdenas was born in Jiquilpan, Michoacán, on May 21 1895. In 1913, he joined the Revolution in Apatzingán, under the command of General Guillermo García.

His father died while he was still young, and he later went to work at a print shop and in the Tax Office of his home town. In 1913, he joined the Revolution in Apatzingán, under the command of General Guillermo García. In 1914, he was promoted to the rank of captain and, one year later, became lieutenant colonel. Cárdenas would later become one of the closest followers of Sonoran leader Plutarco Elís Calles. With Calles' support, Cárdenas rose up through the ranks, until he finally became a general and fought in several battles. He gave his support to the Plan of Agua Prieta, which opposed President Carranza. From 1928 to 1930, he was Governor of the state of Michoacán, where he implemented the political and social policies he would later apply to the entire country.