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Mac-Iver Rodríguez, Enrique (1845–1922)

Mac-Iver Rodríguez, Enrique (1845–1922)

Enrique Mac-Iver Rodríguez (b. 15 July 1845; d. 21 August 1922), a prominent Chilean lawyer, political figure, intellectual, and journalist. As a deputy to Congress, Mac-Iver supported the rebellion against President José Manuel Balmaceda Fernández in 1890–1891. He also served as a senator (1900–1922) and as a government minister, and was a grand master of the Masonic Order. An astute social critic, he lamented the decline in Chile's political morality, the nation's international reputation, and the quality of its leaders. In a 1906 convention of the Radical Party, Mac-Iver unsuccessfully argued against Valentín Letelier Madariaga that the state should not become involved in developing the economy and backing social reforms. At the same time, he questioned the capacity of the lower classes to participate in political life.

See alsoChile, Political Parties: Radical Partyxml .


Fredrick B. Pike, Chile and the United States, 1880–1962 (1963).

Karen L. Remmer, Party Competition in Argentina and Chile (1984).

Additional Bibliography

Bañados Espinosa, Julio. Balmaceda: Su gobierno y la Revolución de 1891. Santiago, Chile: Eds. Centro de Estudios Bicentenario, 2005.

Núñez P., Jorge. 1891, crónica de la guerra civil. Santiago de Chile: LOM Ediciones, 2003.

                                        William F. Sater

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