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Hortensio Quijano


Dr. Juan Hortensio Quijano was the Vice President of Argentina under President Juan Peron from 1946 until his 1952 death in Buenos Aires.

Quijano was born in Corrientes Province in 1884, and enrolled at the University of Buenos Aires, where he graduated in 1908 and received a juris doctor in 1919. He became a prominent Corrientes Province supporter of the leader of the reformist UCR, Hipolito Yrigoyen, at a time when local politics were dominated by the Autonomist and Liberal parties. His 1918 UCR candidacy for the Corrientes governorship was defeated, and he joined the legal department of the Banco de la Nacion Argentina (the country's largest bank).

Quijano broke with Yrigoyen's wing of the UCR and joined the opposition "Antipersonalist" UCR. He left a thriving law practice in Corrientes in 1920 to invest in a logging venture in neighboring Chaco Province, and was named head of the Rural Society of Resistencia (Chaco), in 1936. He also parlayed his returns into the establishment of the Banco Popular.

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