Educated Institute Nacional.
As naval cadet in the War of the Pacific took part in the battle of Callao and in the bombardment of the Peruvian batteries of Chorrillos and Miradores, 1881. Joined the revolutionary forces in the Balmaceda uprising, attaining the rank of major, 1891. Secretary of the Chilean legation in London.
SubSecretary of Industry, 1895. Consul general in Japan, 1899. Member of the Board of Directors of the Liberal Party (Partido Liberal Doctrinario).
National deputy from Lebu, 1906-1912. Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1910, 1923, 1930. National deputy from Santiago, 1912-1915.
Minister of the Interior, 1916, 1922. Head of the Cabinet, 1916. Minister Plenipotentiary to Argentina, 1920-1922.
Chargé d’affaires in the United States, 1922. Minister of Finance, 1930-1932.
Member board of director, Partido Liberal Doctrinario.
Married Isabel de la Fuente.