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Manuel Camilo Vial

Manuel Camilo Agustin Vial Formas was a Chilean political figure and conservative politician. He served several times as minister.

He was born in Valparaiso, the son of Agustin Vial Santelices and of Maria del Rosario de Formas y Patino Sanchez de Morales. After completing his studies, he graduated as a lawyer on July 30, 1835. He married Luisa Carrera Fontecilla and together had one son, Agustin. After her death he married Rafaela de la Lastra Valdivieso, with whom had eight children.

Vial was elected a Senator from 1846 to 1855; and then again from 1864 to his death in 1882. President Manuel Bulnes named him Minister of the Interior and Foreign Affairs on September 18, 1846; of Finance, on September 2, 1848; of Justice, Cult and Public Education, on 1849. He was also plenipotentiary minister to Peru in 1846. He was also a State Councillor and Supreme Court fiscal. He died in Valparaiso, at the age of 78.

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