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Martín Echegoyen

Martín Recaredo Echegoyen (3 April 1891 in Montevideo – 18 May 1974 in Montevideo)[1][2][3] was a Uruguayan political figure.[4] In the years 1959 - 1960 he was president of Uruguay.

Political background

Echegoyen was a member of the National Party, which in the 1958 elections ended the longstanding tradition of Colorado Party Presidents.

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.

President of Uruguay; later career

Echegoyen served as President of the National Council of Government of Uruguay 1959-1960. He was succeeded as President by Benito Nardone, a National Party colleague.

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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Political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Fischer
President of Uruguay
Succeeded by
Benito Nardone