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Justo de Santa Maria de Oro


Justo de Santa Maria de Oro y Albarracin was an Argentine statesman and bishop. He was an influential representative in the Congress of Tucuman, which on 9 July 1816, declared the Independence of Argentina.

Santa Maria de Oro was born in San Juan. His father was Juan Miguel de Oro Bustamante y Cossio, and his mother Elena de Albarracin y Ladron de Guevara. He was educated at the Convent of Santo Domingo, then went to Chile to enter the Convent of Santo Domingo of Santiago. He gained his doctorate at the Royal University of San Felipe, and by the age of 20 was already teaching theology. At 21 he was ordained by Bishop Sobrino y Minayo.

In 1815, Santa Maria de Oro was elected by San Juan to the Congress of Tucuman and served in 1816 for the declaration. He was firmly in favour of a republic and opposed those who wanted a constitutional monarchy, also believing that the people should decide.

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