Luis Alberto de Herrera
Political and diplomatic rolesEdit
A National leader of great importance during the first half of the 20th century; he led the National Party through the most decisive instances along five decades. His own political movement is known as Herrerismo.
From 1902 to 1904 he was Uruguayan Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States.
In 1933 he took part at the Convention on Rights and Duties of States adopted by the Seventh International Conference of American States. Particularly after 1933, he was tactically close to his nominal Colorado Party opponent, President Gabriel Terra.
He stood for the presidency several times without success. In 1958, however, he led the Blancos to their first nationwide victory in over 90 years, taking a majority on the National Council of Government. He died shortly afterward.
He was married to Margarita Uriarte (widow of Alberto Heber Jackson) with whom he had one daughter, María Hortensia.
Ideas and legacyEdit
Knowing about Herrera's ideas is essential in order to understand the National Party of Uruguay. He was an advocate of Americanism and Nationalism, a traditionalist, his style was that of a typical caudillo, but in a more urban style. He practically dominated his party's life as a leader.
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