Jose Martinez de Aldunate
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Bishop Jose Antonio Martinez de Aldunate y Garces de Marcilla was Chilean Bishop and a member of the First Government Junta of Chile.
He was born in Santiago, the son of Jose Martinez de Aldunate Barahona and Rosa Josefa Garces de Marcilla y Molina. He carried out his first studies in the "Convictorio de San Francisco Javier", and graduated from the Real Universidad de San Felipe, where he obtained doctorates in both laws (Civil and Canonic). At an unspecified later date, he was ordered as a priest in the city of Santiago, and in the same city he became Provisor and General Vicar. In 1758, he was named Cathedral Dean. He also became the Rector of the University.
In 1804, Pope Pius VII named him Bishop of Huamanga, Peru, to replace Bishop Francisco de Matienzo y Rivero. He was consecrated by Francisco Jose Maran, Bishop of Santiago, before travelling to Peru. Five years later, the Regency council promoted him as Bishop of Santiago, being replaced in Huamanga by Bishop Jose Vicente Silva.
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