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Juan Lindolfo Cuestas

Juan Lindolfo Cuestas
In office
August 25, 1897 – February 15, 1899
March 1, 1899 – March 1, 1903
Preceded by Juan Idiarte Borda (1897)
José Batlle y Ordóñez (1899, acting)
Succeeded by José Batlle y Ordóñez (1899, acting)
José Batlle y Ordóñez (1903)
Personal details
Born (1837-01-06)6 January 1837
Paysandú, Uruguay
Died 21 June 1905(1905-06-21) (aged 68)
Paris, France
Political party Colorado

Juan Lindolfo de los Reyes Cuestas (6 January 1837 – 21 June 1905) was a Uruguayan politician and served as the president of Uruguay from 1897 until 1899 and for a second term from 1899 to 1903.


  • Background 1
  • President of Uruguay 2
    • First term 2.1
    • Second term 2.2
    • Political background 2.3
  • Post presidency 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


Juan Lindolfo Cuestas was a prominent member of the Uruguayan Colorado Party, which dominated the country's politics for over a century. He served as Minister of Justice and Education from 1884 to 1886.

His son, Juan Cuestas, was a diplomat.

President of Uruguay

First term

Lindolfo Cuestas first assumed the Presidency in crisis circumstances .[1] On August 25, 1897 the sitting President of Uruguay, Juan Idiarte Borda was assassinated by a gunman, Avelino Arredondo.

Within two years Lindolfo Cuestas had ceded the Presidency to José Batlle y Ordóñez on an interim basis.

Second term

He soon reassumed the office, however, and served until 1903, when he again stepped down in favour of José Batlle y Ordóñez.

Political background

Lindolfo Cuestas's periods of Presidential office were characterized by crises, not only originating from the assassination of Idiarte, but also by internal dissension within the Colorado Party and by strife with the Opposition Blanco Party, which continued to propel the country into outbreaks of the intermittent Civil War which beset Uruguay throughout the mid- to late- 19th century.

Post presidency

After relinquishing the Presidency for the second time, in 1903, the country soon slipped into civil war, the decisive battle of which was the Battle of Masoller in 1904. Lindolfo Cuestas died in 1905.

See also


  1. ^ 'Juan Lindolfo Cuestas', WorldHeritage (in Spanish), Juan Lindolfo Cuestas,
  • Juan Lindolfo Cuestas
Preceded by
Juan Idiarte Borda
President of Uruguay
Succeeded by
José Batlle y Ordóñez
Preceded by
José Batlle y Ordóñez
President of Uruguay
Succeeded by
José Batlle y Ordóñez

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