Montt, Jorge

Montt, Jorge hôrˈhā mōnt [key], 1846–1922, Chilean vice admiral, president of Chile (1891–96). He was a distant relative of Manuel and Pedro Montt. A leader in the ruinous civil war against Balmaceda, he commanded both the sea and land forces of the insurrectionists and, after the cessation of hostilities, he headed a provisional junta and then became president. An honest but undistinguished administrator, he was only superficially involved with the program of fiscal and political reforms instituted during his presidency.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2024, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Chilean History: Biographies