Juan Lindolfo Cuestas

Juan Lindolfo Cuestas
18th President of Uruguay
In office
March 1, 1899  March 1, 1903
Preceded by José Batlle y Ordóñez (Acting)
Succeeded by José Batlle y Ordóñez
President of Uruguay
De facto
In office
August 25, 1897  February 5, 1899
Acting: August 25, 1897 – February 10, 1898
Preceded by Juan Idiarte Borda
Succeeded by José Batlle y Ordóñez (Acting)
1st Minister of Justice, Worship and Public Instruction
In office
President Máximo Santos
Succeeded by Aureliano Rodríguez Larreta
34th and 38th Minister of Finance
In office
President Francisco Antonino Vidal
Preceded by Juan Peñalva
Succeeded by José Ladislao Terra
In office
President Pedro Varela
Preceded by José Cándido Bustamante
Succeeded by Juan Andrés Vázquez
Personal details
Born (1837-01-06)6 January 1837
Paysandú, Uruguay
Died 21 June 1905(1905-06-21) (aged 68)
Paris, France
Nationality Uruguayan
Political party Colorado Party
Spouse(s) Ángela Fernández González

Juan Lindolfo de los Reyes Cuestas (6 January 1837 – 21 June 1905) was a Uruguayan politician and served as the president of Uruguay from 1897 until 1899 and for a second term from 1899 to 1903.


Juan Lindolfo Cuestas was a prominent member of the Uruguayan Colorado Party, which dominated the country's politics for over a century. He served as Minister of Justice and Education from 1884 to 1886.

His son, Juan Cuestas, was a diplomat.

President of Uruguay

First term

Lindolfo Cuestas first assumed the Presidency in crisis circumstances .[1] On August 25, 1897 the sitting President of Uruguay, Juan Idiarte Borda was assassinated by a gunman, Avelino Arredondo.

Within two years Lindolfo Cuestas had ceded the Presidency to José Batlle y Ordóñez on an interim basis.

Second term

He soon reassumed the office, however, and served until 1903, when he again stepped down in favour of José Batlle y Ordóñez.

Political background

Lindolfo Cuestas's periods of Presidential office were characterized by crises, not only originating from the assassination of Idiarte, but also by internal dissension within the Colorado Party and by strife with the Opposition Blanco Party, which continued to propel the country into outbreaks of the intermittent Civil War which beset Uruguay throughout the mid- to late- 19th century.

Post presidency

After relinquishing the Presidency for the second time, in 1903, the country soon slipped into civil war, the decisive battle of which was the Battle of Masoller in 1904. Lindolfo Cuestas died in 1905.

See also


  1. 'Juan Lindolfo Cuestas', Wikipedia (in Spanish), es:Juan Lindolfo Cuestas,
Political offices
Preceded by
Juan Idiarte Borda
President of Uruguay
Succeeded by
José Batlle y Ordóñez
Preceded by
José Batlle y Ordóñez
President of Uruguay
Succeeded by
José Batlle y Ordóñez

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