Hipolito de Villegas
Hipolito de Villegas y Fernandez was a Chilean political figure, who participated actively in the war of independence in that country, and served as its first Minister of Finance.
Villegas was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but his family moved to Chile when he was very young. He studied at the Real Universidad de San Felipe and graduated as a lawyer on December 13, 1788 (incidentally becoming the first lawyer to graduate in Chile.) He was an active participant in the Chilean War of Independence. On September 25,1811, he was elected deputy for "Coquimbo" to the first National Congress, to replace Marcos Gallo, who was a known royalist, and he went on to become Vice President of the Assembly on November 22nd. As such he signed the Constitution of 1812.
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