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Federico Errazuriz Echaurren

Federico Errazuriz Echaurren was a Chilean political figure. Born in Santiago, he served as President of Chile between 1896 and his death in 1901. Federico Errazuriz was of Basque descent.

He was born in Santiago, the first son of former president Federico Errazuriz Zanartu and of First Lady Eulogia Echaurren Garcia-Huidobro. Errazuriz studied at the Padres Franceses, the Instituto Nacional and the Universidad de Chile, where he graduated as a lawyer on March 26, 1873. In 1875 he married Gertrudis Echenique, and together they had two children: Federico and Elena. After the end of his studies, they moved to the hacienda of El Huique, in the province of Colchagua, which he would continue to manage until his death.

Errazuriz Echaurren joined the Liberal party and started his political life in 1876, when he was elected as a deputy for Constitucion. He was reelected in 1879 and was characterized as a centrist politician. He did not participate in the campaigns of the War of the Pacific, preferring instead to remain in his hacienda, but during the religious controversies between Church and State under President Domingo Santa Maria, he joined the conservative forces. In August, 1890, President Jose Manuel Balmaceda named him Minister of War and Navy, under the so-called conciliation cabinet of Belisario Prats; but when Prats resigned his position, so did Errazuriz, and both joined the opposition. In 1891 he was one of the signatories of the Act of Deposition of Presidente Balmaceda. Even so, he did not participate of the Chilean Civil War.

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