The Most Famous

POLITICIANS from Uruguay

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This page contains a list of the greatest Uruguayan Politicians. The pantheon dataset contains 15,710 Politicians, 39 of which were born in Uruguay. This makes Uruguay the birth place of the 65th most number of Politicians behind Cuba and Paraguay.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Uruguayan Politicians of all time. This list of famous Uruguayan Politicians is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Uruguayan Politicians.

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1. José Mujica (1935 - )

With an HPI of 80.38, José Mujica is the most famous Uruguayan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 77 different languages on wikipedia.

José Alberto "Pepe" Mujica Cordano (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse muˈxika]; born 20 May 1935) is an Uruguayan farmer and retired politician who served as the 40th President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015. A former guerrilla with the Tupamaros, he was imprisoned for 12 years during the military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s. A member of the Broad Front coalition of left-wing parties, Mujica was Minister of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries from 2005 to 2008 and a Senator afterwards. As the candidate of the Broad Front, he won the 2009 presidential election and took office as President on 1 March 2010. He has been described as "the world's humblest head of state" due to his austere lifestyle and his donation of around 90 percent of his $12,000 monthly salary to charities that benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs.

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2. Tabaré Vázquez (1940 - 2020)

With an HPI of 74.37, Tabaré Vázquez is the 2nd most famous Uruguayan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 55 different languages.

Tabaré Ramón Vázquez Rosas (Spanish pronunciation: [taβaˈɾe raˈmom ˈbaskez ˈrosas]; 17 January 1940 – 6 December 2020) was a Uruguayan politician who served as the 41st President of Uruguay from 2015 to 2020. He previously served as president from 2005 to 2010 as the 39th officeholder. A physician (oncologist), he was a member of the leftist Broad Front coalition. Before his first presidential term, Vázquez was president of the Club Progreso team and made two unsuccessful presidential bids in 1994 and 1999. He served as Intendant of Montevideo between 1990 and 1994 shortly before his first presidential campaign. Vázquez was first elected president on 31 October 2004, took office on 1 March 2005. He was the first socialist president of the country. His first presidency was remembered for his diplomatic relationships with Brazil and Argentina while being criticized from his party over his anti-abortion views. After leaving the presidency in 2010, Vázquez successfully ran for a second term in 2015.

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3. José Gervasio Artigas (1764 - 1850)

With an HPI of 68.80, José Gervasio Artigas is the 3rd most famous Uruguayan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 38 different languages.

José Gervasio Artigas Arnal (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse ɣeɾˈβa.sjo aɾˈti.ɣas aɾˈnal]; June 19, 1764 – September 23, 1850) is a national hero of Uruguay, sometimes called "the father of Uruguayan nationhood".

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4. Juan María Bordaberry (1928 - 2011)

With an HPI of 65.52, Juan María Bordaberry is the 4th most famous Uruguayan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Juan María Bordaberry Arocena (Spanish: [boɾðaβeˈri aɾoˈθena, -ˈsena]; 17 June 1928 – 17 July 2011) was a Uruguayan politician and cattle rancher, who served as constitutional President from 1972 until 1973, and then ruled as the head of a civilian-military dictatorship up to 1976. He came to office following the Presidential elections of late 1971. In 1973, Bordaberry dissolved the General Assembly and was widely regarded as ruling by decree as a military-sponsored dictator until disagreements with the military led to his being overthrown before his original term of office had expired. On November 17, 2006 he was arrested in a case involving four deaths, including two of members of the General Assembly during the period of civilian-military rule in the 1970s.

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5. Julio María Sanguinetti (1936 - )

With an HPI of 65.45, Julio María Sanguinetti is the 5th most famous Uruguayan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 36 different languages.

Julio María Sanguinetti Coirolo (born 6 January 1936 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is a Uruguayan politician, lawyer and journalist, who served as President of Uruguay (from March 1985 until March 1990, and, again, from March 1995 until March 2000) for the Partido Colorado. A lawyer and journalist by profession, he was born into a middle-class family of Italian origin from Genoa. He studied Law and Social Sciences at the University of the Republic. He received his law degree in 1961, and later combined his legal practice with work as a journalist. He had already been writing for the press, first in the weekly Canelones and later, since 1955, as a columnist for Acción, a newspaper established by the then-President, Luis Batlle, for which he covered events such as the Cuban Revolution (1959) and carried on until the 1970s. Both media outlets were connected to the Colorado Political Party (Partido Colorado - PC), the historical liberal grouping where progressive and conservative sensitivities shared ground (a mixture of doctrines and styles that was frequently an obstacle to classifying it according to ideology) and which had as its rival the experienced National Party (PN) or Blancos ("Whites"), creating a 2-party system that dominated Uruguayan politics during its history, although on most occasions the governing force was the PC.

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6. Jorge Batlle (1927 - 2016)

With an HPI of 65.38, Jorge Batlle is the 6th most famous Uruguayan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 37 different languages.

Jorge Luis Batlle Ibáñez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxoɾxe ˈβaʎe iˈβaɲes]; Batlle locally [ˈbaʒe] or [ˈbaʃe]; 25 October 1927 – 24 October 2016) was a Uruguayan politician and lawyer, and a member of the Colorado Party. He served as the President of Uruguay from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Jorge Batlle became Uruguayan president on 1 March 2000, after having been elected the previous year by popular vote. He was the fourth Uruguayan President belonging to the Batlle family, one of whom was his own father, Luis Batlle Berres. A name that is closely related to the political history of the country, Batlle began his political career in the 1950s and had served as member of the Uruguayan Congress for the Colorado Party, to which many members of his own family – which came to the River Plate from the Catalan coast at Sitges, Spain, 200 years ago – had belonged before him.

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7. Luis Alberto Lacalle (1941 - )

With an HPI of 65.29, Luis Alberto Lacalle is the 7th most famous Uruguayan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Luis Alberto Lacalle de Herrera, GCMG (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwis alˈβeɾto laˈkaʎe ðe eˈreɾa]) (born 13 July 1941), is a Uruguayan lawyer and politician who served as President of Uruguay from 1990 to 1995.

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8. Fructuoso Rivera (1784 - 1854)

With an HPI of 64.34, Fructuoso Rivera is the 8th most famous Uruguayan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

José Fructuoso Rivera y Toscana (17 October 1784 – 13 January 1854) was a Uruguayan general and patriot who fought for the liberation of Banda Oriental from Brazilian rule, twice served as Uruguay's President and was one of the instigators of the long Uruguayan Civil War. He is also considered to be the founder of the Colorado Party, which ruled Uruguay without interruption from 1865 until 1958. He made a controversial decision to almost completely eliminate the native Charrúa during the 1831 Massacre of Salsipuedes.

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9. Gregorio Conrado Álvarez (1925 - 2016)

With an HPI of 63.94, Gregorio Conrado Álvarez is the 9th most famous Uruguayan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Gregorio Conrado Álvarez Armelino (26 November 1925 – 28 December 2016), also known as El Goyo, was an Uruguayan Army general who served as president of Uruguay from 1981 until 1985 and was the last surviving president of the civic-military dictatorship.

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10. Venancio Flores (1808 - 1868)

With an HPI of 63.88, Venancio Flores is the 10th most famous Uruguayan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Venancio Flores Barrios (18 May 1808 – 19 February 1868) was a Uruguayan political leader and general. Flores was President of Uruguay from 1854 to 1855 (interim) and from 1865 to 1868.

Pantheon has 39 people classified as politicians born between 1764 and 1973. Of these 39, 8 (20.51%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living politicians include José Mujica, Julio María Sanguinetti, and Luis Alberto Lacalle. The most famous deceased politicians include Tabaré Vázquez, José Gervasio Artigas, and Juan María Bordaberry. As of October 2020, 7 new politicians have been added to Pantheon including Luis Lacalle Pou, Luis Batlle Berres, and Pedro Varela.

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