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Quintana, Manuel (1835–1906)

Quintana, Manuel (1835–1906)

Manuel Quintana (b. 19 October 1835; d. 12 March 1906), president of Argentina (1904–1906). Born in Buenos Aires, Quintana received his law degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1858. He entered public service and in 1860 was elected a deputy in the Buenos Aires provincial Congress. He rose rapidly, representing Buenos Aires Province first as a national deputy (1862–1864 and 1867–1870) and then as a senator (1870–1874). In 1889, Quintana represented Argentina at the first Pan-American Conference in Washington, D.C. Soon after, in 1892, he served as President Luis Sáenz Peña's (1892–1895) minister of the interior. In the years that followed, Quintana became an important opponent of the reformist Radical Civic Union Party. In the wake of the Radicals' 1893 "revolution," he served as federal inter-ventor in Tucumán, Santiago del Estero, and Santa Fe Provinces. In 1904, he succeeded Julio Roca (1880–1886, 1898–1904) as president. During his administration, Quintana maintained his conservative stand against the Radicals, who rebelled again unsuccessfully in 1905. He died in office and was succeeded by José Figueroa Alcorta.

See alsoArgentina: The Nineteenth Century; Argentina: The Twentieth Century; Figueroas Alcorta, José.


David Rock, Politics in Argentina, 1890–1930: The Rise and Fall of Radicalism (1975).

Natalio R. Botano, El orden conservador: La política argentina entre 1880 y 1916, 2d ed. (1985).

Additional Bibliography

López, Mario Justo. De la república oligárquica a la república democrática: Estudio sobre la reforma política de Roque Sáenz Peña. Argentina: Lumiere, 2005.

                                        Daniel Lewis

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