Lorenzo Batlle y Grau
Family background and early career
He was the son of a wealthy merchant loyal to the Spanish crown. Lorenzo Batlle's son José Batlle y Ordóñez, nephew Luis Batlle Berres and grand-nephew Jorge Batlle Ibáñez would also serve as presidents of Uruguay.
In March 1868 interim President Pedro Varela stepped down from the Presidency.
President of Uruguay
His presidency failed because of a pre-existing monetary crisis. His attempts to control the country failed and, as a result, a civil war and military uprising erupted, culminating in his presidency and ushering in an era of dictatorship.
He died in 1887, a poor man, but was respected as an historical figure for his attempts to help the country.
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