Juan Luis Sanfuentes Andonaegui (Latin American Spanish: [xwan lwis saɱˈfwentes]; 27 December 1858 – 16 July 1930) was President of Chile between 1915 and 1920.

Juan Luis Sanfuentes
16th President of Chile
In office
23 December 1915 – 23 December 1920
Preceded byRamón Barros Luco
Succeeded byArturo Alessandri
Senator of the Republic of Chile
for Concepción
In office
1912 – 23 December 1915
Succeeded byAlfredo Escobar Campaña
In office
President of the Senate
In office
5 June 1906 – 14 October 1907
Preceded byFernando Liborio Lazcano Echaurren
Succeeded byRamón Escobar Escobar
Senator of the Republic of Chile
for Valdivia
In office
Personal details
Born(1858-12-27)December 27, 1858
Santiago, Chile
DiedJuly 16, 1930(1930-07-16) (aged 71)
Santiago, Chile
Political partyLiberal Democratic
SpouseAna Echazarreta

Sanfuentes was the son of writer and politician Salvador Sanfuentes Torres and Matilde Andonaegui. Orphaned at an early age and raised by his older brother, Enrique Salvador Sanfuentes, he trained as a lawyer at the University of Chile. He graduated with a Doctor of Law in 1879. He married Ana Echazarreta (ca. 1865–1927) in 1885, and the couple had five children.[1]

Rising to the position of Minister of Finance under Federico Errázuriz Echaurren in 1901, Sanfuentes served as President of the Senate of Chile from 1906 through 1909.

The Chilean presidential election of 1915 developed into a bitter contest between Sanfuentes —a coalition candidate of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Conservative Party— and Javier Ángel Figueroa —supported by the Liberal Alliance parties. Sanfuentes beat Figueroa by a single vote, among allegations of fraud and electoral intervention. The National Congress was called to confirm the result.

Through World War I Chile remained neutral. While the conflict lasted, domestic industry had one of its biggest booms, with the national industry growing 53% in those four years. But the end of the war led to a crisis of the nitrate industry, which resulted in a wave of social unrest.

Sanfuentes' hard line against striking coal miners and trade unionists in the final year of his presidency was a key factor in the rise of his liberal reformer successor.[2]

After office, Sanfuentes retired from public life, devoting himself to family life with his wife in his estate, Camarico, near Talca.

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References Edit

  1. ^ Chileans of to-day, by Hispanic Society of America, 1920
  2. ^ Mining for the Nation: The Politics of Chile's Coal Communities from the ... by Jody Pavilack, page 43
  3. ^ "ENTIDADES ESTRANGEIRAS AGRACIADAS COM ORDENS PORTUGUESAS - Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas". www.ordens.presidencia.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  4. ^ "Guía oficial de España - 1930". www.bne.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-08-20.
Political offices
Preceded by President of Chile
Succeeded by