He was born in Montevideo. Son of a soldier in the Great Siege of Montevideo , Campisteguy ended law studies in He served as the President of the Senate of Uruguay in He served as member of the National Council of Administration in Later, as President of Uruguay between and
Batlle Berres was a journalist and prominent member of the Uruguayan Colorado Party. Batlle Berres was the fourth person to hold the office of Vice President of Uruguay. He served as the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Uruguay from to Within the Colorado Party, he is now widely acknowledged for being the founder of the political branch known as Neo-Batllism. His mother, Petrona Berres, was of Irish descent and died when he was still a small child.
With an initial Catholic education, he was influenced as a youth by the ideas of Karl Christian Friedrich Kraus. His transition to a rationalist, spiritualist philosophy would mark his later public career. He participated in the Quebracho Revolution against Santos, which, despite military defeat, marked the beginning of a political transition toward civilian rule. From its pages, he led the opposition to the Santos regime. This was his first position as a public servant, and it lasted only six months.