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Eliodoro Yanez Ponce de Leon was a Chilean journalist, lawyer, and politician, and was one of the founders of La Nacion newspaper. He also served several times as minister and as President of the Senate of Chile.
Yanez was born in Santiago, the son of Manuel Antonio Yanez and of Maria Josefa Ponce de Leon. He coursed his liberal arts studies at the Instituto Nacional, and then enrolled in the Universidad de Chile, where he pursued a career in Law. He obtained his degree as a lawyer in 1883. He soon became known as one of the most versed men around when it came to knowledge and interpretation of laws, and he also had very sound reasoning; the cases (cause) he won in court, where he was highly respected, are thanks to these qualities. His level of prestige was such that his opinions were considered decisive, and were sought out by professionals and magistrates for the resolution of complicated matters.
At the time he was practicing as a lawyer and working as a journalist, Eliodoro Yanez was appointed as the rapporteur for the Appeals Court of Santiago (1889). He entered the Liberal party and became a board member in 1893. One year later he was elected deputy for Valdivia and La Union, position he was reelected to on several occasions until 1903. He was vice-president of the Chamber of Deputies in 1894 and 1895. Also, he was elected a senator for Valdivia in 1912 and reelected for several terms until 1930. His parliamentary work was prolific, to such a point that it is said that while he remained in Congress, there were no bills that had not been proposed, studied or reviewed by him.
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