Rafael Valentin Errazuriz
Rafael Valentin Errazuriz Urmeneta was a Chilean politician and diplomat. Rafael Errazuriz was of Basque descent.
Rafael Valentin Errazuriz was born in Santiago, the son of Maximiano Errazuriz Valdivieso and of Amalia Urmeneta Quiroga. He completed his secondary studies at the Instituto Nacional, and later at the Universidad de Chile where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar on August 12, 1881. He joined the Conservative party very young; and on October 10, 1889, Errazuriz married Elvira Valdes Ortuzar, and together they had 6 children.
Errazuriz came from a well-known winemaking family. Later he took over Panquehue Errazuriz, the family's wine estate. Errazuriz was elected deputy several times, first for Ovalle (period 1888-1891), then for Illapel, Ovalle and Combarbala (period 1891-1894) and for Lebu, Canete and Arauco (period 1894-1897 and 1897-1900). He also served as a senator for Aconcagua between 1897 and 1906. President Federico Errazuriz Echaurren appointed him Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Cult and Colonization (1899-1900) and President German Riesco appointed him Minister of the Interior (1904).
Genealogical chart of Errazuriz family
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