Born in Port-au-Prince in 1909, he joined the army and entered the military academy at age 21. In 1957 he became colonel. Following the removal of President Daniel Fignole, forced into exile less than three weeks after taking office, he formed 14 June 1957 a military council which he chairs the Government, assisted by the colonels and Adrien Emile Zamor Valville.
He organized in September 1957 elections that allow a former government minister Dumarsais Estime, Dr. Francois Duvalier, to be elected to the presidency. The council dissolves upon arrival to power of François Duvalier, October 22, 1957, four months later.
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