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Juan Esteban Montero

Juan Esteban Montero Rodriguez was a Chilean political figure. He served twice as president of Chile between 1931 and 1932.

He was born in Santiago, the son of Benjamin Montero and of Eugenia Rodriguez. 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 Martinez, with whom had three children: Juan Esteban, Benjamin and Carmen.

Montero's first incursion in politics was in 1931, when President Carlos Ibanez del Campo named him Minister of the Interior and Social Welfare. After the resignation of president Ibanez on July 26, 1931 he reluctantly agreed to serve in similar position to Ibanez'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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