Manuel Blanco Encalada

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Manuel Blanco Encalada
Manuel Blanco Encalada (Nataniel Hughes, 1853).jpg
President of Chile
In office
9 July 1826 – 9 September 1826
Preceded by Ramón Freire
Succeeded by Agustín Eyzaguirre
Personal details
Born 21 April 1790
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died 5 September 1876(1876-09-05) (aged 86)
Santiago, Chile
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Carmen Gana López
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Manuel José Blanco y Calvo de Encalada (April 21, 1790 – September 5, 1876) was a Vice-Admiral in the Chilean Navy, a political figure, and Chile's first President (Provisional)(1826).

Biography[edit]

Born in Buenos Aires, Blanco Encalada was the son of the Spanish Manuel Lorenzo Blanco Cicerón and of the Chilean Mercedes Calvo de Encalada y Recabarren. He was trained for the navy in Spain. Later, during the Chilean War of Independence, he joined the Chilean forces, where he served with distinction under Lord Cochrane and rose to rank of Vice-Admiral and commander of the Chilean forces in (1825), where he participated in the capture of Chiloé. The following year, Congress elected him to the newly established position of President of the Republic. He soon had several fights with Congress, which was trying to install a federalist system, and resigned within two months.

Later, he joined the wars against the Peruvian-Bolivian Confederation and Spain (1865–1866). After the war, he became Governor of Valparaíso and minister to France. He was also an active Freemason.[1] Blanco Encalada died in Santiago de Chile at the age of 86.

Cabinet[edit]

The Blanco Encalada Cabinet
Office Name Term
President Manuel Blanco Encalada 9 July 1826–9 September 1826
Minister of Government & Foreign Affairs Ventura Blanco Encalada 8 March 1826–20 October 1826
Minister of War & Navy José María Novoa 8 March 1826–21 June 1826
Tomás Obejero 21 June 1826–26 September 1826
Minister of Finance Manuel José Gandarillas 8 March 1826–12 September 1826

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ramón Freire
(last Supreme Director)
President of Chile
1826
Succeeded by
Agustín Eyzaguirre
Military offices
Preceded by
Francisco de la Lastra
Navy General Commander
1818-1821
Succeeded by
José Ignacio Zenteno
Preceded by
Santiago Aldunate
Navy General Commander
1847-1852
Succeeded by
Robert Simpson