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Vicente Reyes

Pedro Vicente Reyes Palazuelos , was a Chilean lawyer, journalist, political figure, and candidate during the 1896 presidential election.

Vicente Reyes was born in Santiago, the son of Manuel Reyes Saravia and of Mercedes Palazuelos Astaburiaga. He completed his studies in the Instituto Nacional and at the Universidad de Chile, where he graduated as a lawyer in 1858 with a thesis about the copyright of literary works. By 1856 he was already well-known in the literary circles of the time and as a journalist of the El Ferrocarril newspaper and the La Semana magazine. In 1857 he joined the civil service as section chief at the Ministry of the Interior and later at the Ministry of Public Instruction, where he remained until 1861, when he was elected as alternate deputy for Ovalle for the period 1861-1864. He also became a professor at the School of Law of the Universidad de Chile and was one of the original members of the Chilean Academy of Language.

Reyes was reelected a Senator (for Santiago this time) for the period 1891-1897, was elected President of the Senate on April 26, 1895 and again on August 25, 1909. For the 1896 presidential election, the Liberal party named him their candidate. He lost to Federico Errazuriz Echaurren by only two electoral votes. He was reelected a Senator for the periods 1897-1903, 1903-1909, 1909-1915 and 1915-1921, but died in Santiago before completing his last period, of Bronchopneumonia at the age of 83 in 1918.

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