Juan Esteban Montero

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Juan Esteban Montero
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20th President of Chile
In office
December 4, 1931 June 4, 1932
Succeeded by Arturo Puga
Acting President of Chile
In office
November 15, 1931 December 15, 1931
Preceded by Manuel Trucco
In office
July 27, 1931 August 20, 1931
Preceded byPedro Opaso
Succeeded by Manuel Trucco
Personal details
Born(1879-02-12)February 12, 1879
Santiago, Chile
DiedFebruary 25, 1948(1948-02-25) (aged 69)
Santiago, Chile
Political party Radical
Spouse(s)Graciela Fehrman Martínez
  • Juan Esteban
  • Pedro
  • Benjamín
  • Carmen
Alma mater University of Chile
Occupation Lawyer

Juan Esteban Montero Rodríguez (February 12, 1879 February 25, 1948) was a Chilean political figure. He served twice as president of Chile between 1931 and 1932.

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Early life

He was born in Santiago, the son of Benjamín Montero and of Eugenia Rodríguez. Juan Esteban Montero studied at the colegio de San Ignacio and at the Universidad de Chile. He graduated as a lawyer on September 16, 1901, and soon after became professor of civil and Roman law at his alma mater. He also worked as a government lawyer and in private practice. He married Graciela Fehrman Martínez, with whom he had four children: Juan Esteban, Pedro, Benjamín and Carmen.


Montero's first incursion in politics was in 1931, when President Carlos Ibáñez del Campo named him Minister of the Interior and Social Welfare. After the resignation of president Ibáñez on July 26, 1931 he reluctantly agreed to serve in similar position to Ibáñez's successor, Pedro Opazo; just to find himself promoted to president the very next day, after Opazo's resignation. Montero, as a way out of the political impasse, immediately called for presidential elections. In the meanwhile he assumed as Vice President.

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Very soon after, Montero accepted the presidential nomination of the Radical Party, and in order to qualify, he resigned his vicepresidency on August 20, 1931. The position was assumed by Manuel Trucco. The Trucco administration was only supposed to be a caretaker one, keeping order in the country until the presidential elections. Nonetheless it was faced with very difficult moments such as the Sailors' mutiny in the navy, caused by the reduction of the salaries of the enlisted men (September 1–5, 1931), which was controlled only after an aerial bombing of the fleet and presaged difficult times ahead.

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Supported by the Liberals and Conservatives as well as the Radicals, Juan Esteban Montero was the clear winner of the presidential elections, obtaining almost 64% of the popular vote, defeating leftist José Santos Salas, a protégé of former President Carlos Ibáñez. He took over on November 15, in the midst of a political and economic chaos that resulted from the market crash of 1929. His program called for the implementation of an austerity program that involved the reduction of public expenditures and public salaries, a downsizing of the public administration and an increase of the foreign debt. Notwithstanding these harsh measures, the depreciation of the currency continued, and inflation soared while the Central Bank reserves were at an all time low. This economic program only managed to cause widespread discontent, while in no way improving the economy, and in turn led to his downfall.

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On June 4, 1932, colonel Marmaduke Grove staged a coup d'état by taking over the Air Force base of El Bosque, in Santiago, and demanding the resignation of President Montero. Montero refused to call on the army to put down the coup, and instead chose to resign. That same night, the victorious revolutionaries organized a Government Junta composed of retired General Arturo Puga, Eugenio Matte and Carlos Davila, with colonel Grove as their minister of Defense. After this episode, Montero retired completely from politics, and went back to private practice and business. He died in Santiago, on February 25, 1948, at the age of 69.

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See also

Political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Frödden
Minister of the Interior and Social Welfare
Succeeded by
Miguel Letelier
Preceded by
Carlos Frödden
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Luis Gutiérrez
Preceded by
Pedro Opazo
President of Chile
Succeeded by
Manuel Trucco
Preceded by
Manuel Trucco
President of Chile
Succeeded by
Arturo Puga

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