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He served under President Gabriel Terra as Education Minister from 1935 to 1936, and as Public Works Minister from 1936 to 1938. He later ran as the National Party's Vice Presidential candidate in 1946 and 1950.
For many years, he served as a prominent member of the Senate. He was its president from March 1, 1963, to March 1, 1967.
After relinquishing the Presidency in 1960, Echegoyen ran for President in 1966 but was beaten by Oscar Diego Gestido.
Subsequently, already aged in his 80s, Echegoyen presided over the Council of State in the civilian-military administration instituted by President Juan María Bordaberry in 1973.
Echegoyen died on 18 May 1974 at the age of 83.
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