Juan Francisco Meneses
Chilean Ministers of Finance
Chilean Ministers of the Interior
Chilean Roman Catholic priests
People of the Chilean War of Independence
Members of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile
People of the Chilean Civil War of 1829
Chilean deputies Forum
Juan Francisco Meneses Echanes was a Chilean priest and political figure.
Meneses was born in Santiago, the son of Jose Ignacio Meneses and of Micaela Echanes. He studied humanities, philosophy and law (both civil and canonic) at the Convictorio de San Carlos, and later graduated from the Universidad de San Felipe on August 29, 1804 as a doctor in "both sciences" (Doctor in Civil and Canonic Law.) In 1808 he married Carmen Bilbao, with whom he had several children. The same year he was named secretary to Royal Governor Francisco Garcia Carrasco. After the dismissal of Governor Garcia Carrasco, he was named legal and military aide to the Intendent of Concepcion.
En 1829 he was named secretary to the victorious Conservative Government Junta. In 1830, President Francisco Ruiz-Tagle named him first Minister of the Interior and Foreign Affairs and later President Jose Tomas Ovalle named him Minister of Finance. He was reelected to congress again in 1830 and elected as a Senator for Aconcagua in 1831. In 1833 he was secretary of the Constitutional Assembly that redacted and promulgated the new constitution. Meneses was again reelected as a Senator in 1834 and successively until 1849. He was also a journalist who wrote in the El Araucano and the La Gaceta del Rey and was in charge of the National Museum.
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