Claudio Williman

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Claudio Wílliman
Claudio Wílliman
20th President of Uruguay
In office
1 March 1907 – 1 March 1911
Preceded by José Batlle y Ordóñez
Succeeded by José Batlle y Ordóñez
Personal details
Born (1861-10-10)October 10, 1861
Montevideo, Uruguay
Died February 9, 1934(1934-02-09) (aged 72)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nationality Uruguayan
Political party Colorado Party
Profession Lawyer

Claudio Wílliman Gonzalez (born 10 October 1861 in Montevideo – † 9 February 1934 in Montevideo) was a Uruguayan political figure.[1]


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Wílliman was a member of the Uruguayan Colorado Party and was closely identified with the liberal José Batlle y Ordóñez.

His grandson José Claudio Wílliman served in the Uruguayan Senate 1985-1990.[2]

President of Uruguay[edit]

He was the de facto caretaker president of Uruguay chosen by José Batlle y Ordóñez to succeed him after his first term in office.

Williman was chosen by Batlle to succeed him as Uruguayan presidents were constitutionally barred from serving consecutive terms. His policies generally followed those of Batlle.

Post Presidency[edit]

He was succeeded by Batlle who was re-elected in 1911. He returned to the Senate of Uruguay but then left it to become director of the national bank in 1915.

Wílliman lived to see much of his and Battle y Ordóñez's democratic legacy destroyed — at least temporarily — by President Gabriel Terra, who reinforced his Presidential rule in a coup d'état in 1933.

Death and legacy[edit]

He died in 1934.

A road in Punta del Este is named after him.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 'Claudio Williman' (in Spanish) es:Claudio Williman,
  2. ^ 'José Claudio Williman' Wikipedia (in Spanish), es:José Claudio Williman
Political offices
Preceded by
José Batlle y Ordóñez
President of Uruguay
Succeeded by
José Batlle y Ordóñez