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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 Ibañez would also serve as presidents of Uruguay.
In March 1868 interim President Pedro Varela stepped down from the Presidency.
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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