Tomás Berreta

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Tomás Berreta Gandolfo
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29th President of Uruguay
In office
March 1, 1947 August 2, 1947
Vice President Luis Batlle Berres
Preceded by Juan José de Amézaga
Succeeded by Luis Batlle Berres
Personal details
BornNovember 22, 1875
Montevideo, Uruguay
DiedAugust 2, 1947 (aged 72)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Political party Colorado Party
Spouse(s)Juanita Etchemendy
ChildrenBlanca Ana, Rivera, Sarandi, María, Tabaré

Tomás Berreta Gandolfo (November 22, 1875 – August 2, 1947) was the President of Uruguay for five months in 1947.



Having been an activist in the Uruguayan Colorado Party since 1896, for a number of years he was active in local politics and served as Intendent of Canelones in the early part of the 20th century.

He served as the President of the Senate of Uruguay in 1943. [1] He later served in the government of President Juan José de Amézaga.

Berreta was thus a prominent, elderly member of the Uruguayan Colorado Party which had ruled the country for long periods, when he stood for election as President, with a view to succeeding the sitting President of Uruguay, Juan José de Amézaga, who was younger than he by several years. [2]

President of Uruguay

March 1947 inauguration

Berreta was inaugurated as President of Uruguay on 1 March 1947.

A longstanding military man by profession, President Berreta was notably responsible for founding the Liceo Militar General Artigas, Montevideo, a secondary school in the nation's capital to be run on military lines. [3]

During his brief period of office President Berreta had opportunity to travel to meet US President Harry S. Truman in Washington, DC.

Death and succession

Berreta died in office barely five months later on 2 August 1947, victim of prostate cancer. [4]

The Vice President of Uruguay during Berreta's short Presidency was Luis Batlle Berres. Subsequently, Battle Berres succeeded Berreta as President of Uruguay.

See also


  1. PRESIDENCIA DE LA ASAMBLEA GENERAL Y DEL SENADO PRESIDENCIA DE LA CAMARA DE REPRESENTANTES (October 29, 2013). "Parlamentarios Uruguayos 1830-2005" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 29, 2013.
  2. 'Tomás Berreta', Wikipedia (in Spanish), es:Tomás Berreta,
  3. "Liceo Militar General Artigas, un lugar diferente". Evelyn Sosa YouTube. 15 June 2014.
  4. "Remember you are a mortal". El Observador (in Spanish). 24 August 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Juan José de Amézaga
President of Uruguay
Succeeded by
Luis Batlle Berres