Patricio Aylwin Azocar was the first president of Chile after its return to democratic rule in 1990, following the military government of General Augusto Pinochet.
Aylwin was born in Vina del Mar, Chile to Miguel Aylwin and Laura Azocar, the eldest of five children. Aylwin is an ancient British name that pre-dates the Norman Conquest of 1066. He is partly of Welsh descent. An excellent student, he enrolled in the Law School of the University of Chile where he became a lawyer, with the highest distinction, in 1943. He served as professor of administrative law, first at the University of Chile and then also at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He was also professor of civic education and political economy at the National Institute.
Patricio Aylwins involvement in politics started in 1945, when he joined the Falange Nacional. Later he was elected president of the Falange and when that party became the Christian Democrats, he served seven terms as its president between 1958 and 1989.
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