Montt, Pedro pā´ᵺrō mōnt [key], 1848–1910, president of Chile (1906–10). Son of Manuel Montt, he held with distinction several government posts. He was a minister under José Balmaceda but later joined Jorge Montt, a distant relative, in the overthrow of Balmaceda. Elected president in the hope that his energy and prestige would bring moral regeneration to Chile, he was hampered by disruptive social forces and political corruption. He died in office.
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