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Roque Saenz Pena
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Roque Saenz Pena Lahitte was President of Argentina from 12 October 1910 to 9 August 1914, when he died in office.
He was responsible for passing the famous Law 8871, known as "Saenz Pena Law", which greatly reformed the Argentine electoral system, making the vote secret, universal and compulsory for males. This effectively ended the rule by electoral fraud of the conservative Argentine oligarchy, and paved the way for the rise of the Radical Civic Union in the first free elections of the country. President Roque Saenz Pena Avenue in Buenos Aires is named after him.
He has also participated in the War of the Pacific (1879-1883), as an officer of the Peruvian Army, and was made prisoner by Chile during six months.
His daughter married Carlos Saavedra Lamas.
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