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Domingo Santa Maria

Domingo Santa Maria Gonzalez was a Chilean political figure. He served as the president of Chile between 1881 and 1886.

He was born in Santiago de Chile, the son of Luis Jose Santa Maria Gonzalez and Ana Josefa Gonzalez Morande. He completed his early studies in the Instituto Nacional, and graduated as a lawyer from the Universidad de Chile in 1847. Soon after, he became a clerk at the Justice Ministry, where he rose to become Official Mayor. At the same time, he became the secretary of the Sociedad del Orden (Society for Public Order), a liberal club opposed to the conservative party.

At this point in Santa Maria's career, he became the natural heir to President Pinto. Although General Manuel Baquedano was also touted as a candidate, Santa Maria's resignation left him as the consensus candidate. He was elected president in 1881.

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