Francisco Ramon Vicuna
Francisco Ramon de Vicuna Larrain was a Chilean political figure. He served twice as acting President of Chile in 1829. Francisco Vicuna was of Basque descent.
He was born in Santiago on 1775, the son of Francisco de Vicuna Hidalgo y Zavala and of Maria del Carmen Larrain Salas y Vicuna. He married Mariana de Aguirre, and had 11 children with her.
In 1810, Vicuna participated in Chile's war for independence and organized the first firearms production in the country. In 1811, he represented Osorno in the congress, which was to give Chile a constitution, in 1814, he moved to the Senate of Chile. Then, he was arrested for conspiracy against the Spanish crown and banished into exile. Only after Chile's victory at the battle of Chacabuco in 1817, was he able to return to his home land. Bernardo O'Higgins appointed him as a government representative to the northern provinces.
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