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    Default José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia

    LII. Paraguayan dictator. Read more here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%...uez_de_Francia

    Kinda reminds me of the Unabomber.
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    SLE? [Ti-ESTp (Normalizing subtype)] -- ESTp-INTj

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%...#Personal_life

    "Francia was almost certainly an atheist (he had stopped attending mass by 1820) and had a very liberal view of sexuality. He made marriage subject to high taxation and restrictions, insisting he personally conduct all weddings. Francia kept a ledger of all the women he slept with. He himself had no close relationships, but had seven illegitimate children, the oldest being Ubalda García de Cañete. He caught her soliciting as a prostitute outside his palace, he declared prostitution an honourable profession and that they should all wear gold hair combs. They became known as peinetas de oro. This was done to humiliate the Spanish ladies as it was a Spanish fashion."

    "Francia lived a spartan lifestyle. His only possessions were a candlestick, tobacco case and pewter sweet box. Francia left the state treasury with at least twice as much money in it as when he took office, including 36,500 pesos of his unspent salary, the equivalent of several years' salary.

    Francia died on 20 September 1840. He had just destroyed all his papers, sensing his mortality. He refused medical aid, even lashing out at a doctor with his sabre. His daughter would burn Francia's furniture after his death. He was given a state funeral where the priest eulogized him. Some old Spanish families later stole his corpse, dismembered it and threw it into the river. His reputation abroad was negative: Charles Darwin, for one, hoped he would be overthrown, though Thomas Carlyle, no friend to democracy, found material to admire even in the publications of Francia's detractors and wrote in an 1843 essay that "Liberty of private judgement, unless it kept its mouth shut, was at an end in Paraguay" but considered that under the social circumstances this was of little detriment to a "Gaucho population... not yet fit for constitutional liberty." A modern reader might consider this faint praise, taken all in all.

    Francia imbued Paraguay with a tradition of autocratic rule that lasted, with only a few breaks, until 1989. Nonetheless, he is still considered a national hero, with a museum dedicated to his memory in Yaguarón. Paraguayan author Augusto Roa Bastos wrote an ambivalent depiction of the life of Francia, a novel entitled Yo el Supremo (I, the Supreme)."



    Not all SLE's are like this, yet some of the most infamous throughout history have been to varying degrees. Of course not all SLE's are 'promiscuous', etc.
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    SLE? [Ti-ESTp (Normalizing subtype)] -- ESTp-INTj

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%...#Personal_life

    "Francia was almost certainly an atheist (he had stopped attending mass by 1820) and had a very liberal view of sexuality. He made marriage subject to high taxation and restrictions, insisting he personally conduct all weddings. Francia kept a ledger of all the women he slept with. He himself had no close relationships, but had seven illegitimate children, the oldest being Ubalda García de Cañete. He caught her soliciting as a prostitute outside his palace, he declared prostitution an honourable profession and that they should all wear gold hair combs. They became known as peinetas de oro. This was done to humiliate the Spanish ladies as it was a Spanish fashion."

    "Francia lived a spartan lifestyle. His only possessions were a candlestick, tobacco case and pewter sweet box. Francia left the state treasury with at least twice as much money in it as when he took office, including 36,500 pesos of his unspent salary, the equivalent of several years' salary.

    Francia died on 20 September 1840. He had just destroyed all his papers, sensing his mortality. He refused medical aid, even lashing out at a doctor with his sabre. His daughter would burn Francia's furniture after his death. He was given a state funeral where the priest eulogized him. Some old Spanish families later stole his corpse, dismembered it and threw it into the river. His reputation abroad was negative: Charles Darwin, for one, hoped he would be overthrown, though Thomas Carlyle, no friend to democracy, found material to admire even in the publications of Francia's detractors and wrote in an 1843 essay that "Liberty of private judgement, unless it kept its mouth shut, was at an end in Paraguay" but considered that under the social circumstances this was of little detriment to a "Gaucho population... not yet fit for constitutional liberty." A modern reader might consider this faint praise, taken all in all.

    Francia imbued Paraguay with a tradition of autocratic rule that lasted, with only a few breaks, until 1989. Nonetheless, he is still considered a national hero, with a museum dedicated to his memory in Yaguarón. Paraguayan author Augusto Roa Bastos wrote an ambivalent depiction of the life of Francia, a novel entitled Yo el Supremo (I, the Supreme)."



    Not all SLE's are like this, yet some of the most infamous throughout history have been to varying degrees. Of course not all SLE's are 'promiscuous', etc.
    SLE? I don't really see him as extroverted at all. If anything, LSI. However, in general, he doesn't seem beta. Alphas can become dictators too, read about Porfirio Diaz (ESE).
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