1879 – Born on the 6th of February in Los Andes, Chile.
1900 – He finished his university studies in Santiago, at the Pedagogic Institute and became a teacher of Spanish.
1904 – He became a lawyer.
1910 – He studied administrative and financial law at La Sorbonne, plus political economy and social legislation at the College de France.
1914 – He returned to Chile and took a position as a teacher at the National Institute and became president of the National Society of Teachers.
– He was also the first dean of the new school of economy of the Universidad de Chile.
1938 – He was the candidate of the Popular Front, and narrowly defeated conservative candidate Gustavo Ross.
– He was elected and assumed as president on 25th of December under the slogan "Gobernar es educar".
1939 – He created the Production Development Corporation to encourage with subsidies and direct investments an ambitious program of important substitution industrialization.
1941 – He appointed his minister of the Interior, Jeronimo Mendez as vice-president due to his rapidly escalating illness.
– He died on the 25th of November in Santiago, Chile due to tuberculosis.