Teodoro Sanchez de Bustamante
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Teodoro Sanchez de Bustamante was an Argentine statesman, lawyer and soldier. He was a deputy to the Congress of Tucuman which on 9 July 1816 declared the Independence of Argentina.
Sanchez de Bustamante was born in Jujuy to Manuel Sanchez de Bustamante and Maria Tomasa Gonzalez de Araujo y Ortiz de Zarate, and was a descendant of the founder of Jujuy, Francisco Arganaraz y Murguia. He studied in Salta at the school of Jose Leon Cabezon, then in Buenos Aires at the Real Colegio de San Carlos. He qualified as a lawyer in 1804 at the University of Charcas (now Bolivia) and was named Relator of the Real Audiencia there, and later President of the Forensic Academy.
Sanchez de Bustamante took part in the 1809 uprising in Chuquisaca that pre-dated the 1810 May Revolution in Buenos Aires. The leader of the revolutionaries, Coronel Arenales, leader of the revolutionaries, named him captain in the Compania de Practicantes. The uprising was suppressed by Mariscal Nieto and the leaders captured and sent to Callao, but Sanchez de Bustamante managed to flee to Jujuy. He travelled to Buenos Aires soon after the May Revolution and met his friend Mariano Moreno. Moreno named him as attorney of the Audiencia, a position which he held until 1811, before returning to his hometown as general assistant of the city's Cabildo and courts.
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