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Enrique Balmaceda , born Jose Enrique Balmaceda Toro, was a Chilean politician, diplomat and son of President Jose Manuel Balmaceda. He was of Basque descent and a member of the Balmaceda family.
Balmaceda was born in Santiago, Chile, the son of Jose Manuel Balmaceda Fernandez and of Emilia de Toro Herrera.
Balmaceda started his political career by joining the Liberal Democratic Party and was promptly elected deputy for "Itata" (1906-1909) in a 1907 by-election to replace deputy Alberto Sanfuentes who had died, but lost his bid for reelection. In the congressional elections of 1918, he was elected deputy for "Castro" (1918-1921) and was reelected for the same region (1921-1924). On May 12, 1921, President Arturo Alessandri appointed him Minister of War and Navy, position he held until August 16, 1921.
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