Atanasio Aguirre

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Atanasio Aguirre
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Acting President of Uruguay
In office
1 March 1864 (1864-03-01) – February 1865 (1865-02)
Preceded byBernardo Berro
Succeeded byTomás Villalba
Personal details
Born(1801-06-02)2 June 1801
Died28 September 1875(1875-09-28) (aged 74)
Political partyNational

Atanasio de la Cruz Aguirre (2 June 1801 – 28 September 1875) was acting President of Uruguay from 1864 to 1865.


Aguirre was a member of the National Party; he was a Senator from 1861.

On March 1, 1864, Bernardo Berro stepped down from the Presidency.

President of Uruguay[edit]

He assumed the Presidency of Uruguay as next-in-line, in his capacity of President of the Senate. This lasted until February 1865.

During the Paraguayan War, Francisco Solano López had sought to send an army to aid Aguirre against Venancio Flores, who was supported by Brazilian troops.

With Montevideo under siege, Atanasio de la Cruz Aguirre stepped down from the Presidency in favour of Senator Tomás Villalba, who soon made peace with the Colorado Party besiegers, allied with Brazil.[1]

This transition of power marked the coming to Presidential office of heads of state of the Colorado Party, which then remained in office for nearly a century.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 'Atanasio Cruz Aguirre', Wikipedia (in Spanish), es:Atanasio Cruz Aguirre
Political offices
Preceded by
Bernardo Berro
President of Uruguay

Succeeded by
Tomás Villalba