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Jose Miguel Valdes


Jose Miguel Valdes Carrera was a Chilean political figure and liberal politician, who served several times as minister. Jose Miguel Valdes was of Basque descent by his mother's side.

He was born in Santiago, the youngest son of Francisco Javier Valdes Aldunate and of Javiera Carrera Fontecilla. He studied at the Seminary of Santiago and completed his studies at the Instituto Nacional. Valdes married Emilia La Jara Alliendeallier, and they had 4 children.

He started his political career by joining the Liberal party and participating in the 1859 Revolution. Most of his life, he dedicated himself to the cultivation of his Hacienda Baracaldo in Santiago. In 1867 he was elected deputy for Santiago (1867-1870) and later reelected for the period 1888-1891. A firm supporter of President Jose Manuel Balmaceda, he was appointed minister of War and Navy and of Industry and Public Works in 1889, and of Finance in 1891. The same year Valdes was elected a Senator for Concepcion. At the end of the Chilean Civil War, he had to seek refuge in the Embassy of the United States, and soon afterwards was exiled to France. He died in Paris, at the age of 61.

Related websites

Official biographical sketch

Genealogical chart of Valdes Carrera family

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