Juan Jose Paso
Argentines of Spanish descent
People of the Argentine War of Independence
Members of the Argentine Chamber of Deputies
Argentine deputies Forum
Juan Jose Paso, was an Argentine politician who participated in the events that started the Argentine War of Independence known as May Revolution of 1810.
Paso studied at the University of Cordoba and graduated in Theology in 1779. Back in Buenos Aires, he was named professor of Philosophy at the Colegio Real de San Carlos (Royal School of San Carlos). In 1783 he moved to the Viceroyalty of Peru and studied law in the University of Chuquisaca; only to return to Buenos Aires as a lawyer in 1803. After the British invasions of the Rio de la Plata he pursued a political career as a revolutionary leader moved by the new national identity that was growing among the 'criollos'.
Paso assisted with the Cabildo Abierto of May 22, 1810 and supported the faction that sought the dismissal of viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros, convincing many others with a fervent speech. He participated in the creation of the First Junta (Primera Junta) government on May 25 and was named Secretary of the Junta along with Mariano Moreno, with whom he shared political points of view. He was sent by the Junta to Montevideo (today's Uruguay capital city) to spread the ideas of the revolution.
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