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Fuentes was born in 1860 in Lima to a prominent family; his parents were Manuel Fuentes and Gertrudis Nuñez del Prado. He entered the University of San Marcos at a very early age and completed his course in law with distinction. He volunteered for the military during the War of the Pacific and was distinguished in battle, earning the rank of colonel and winning the lasting friendship of General Andrés Avelino Cáceres, under whose subsequent administration he held various important offices.
Fuentes held various political posts, including secretary to the prefecture of Lima; prefect of Lambayeque, of Cuzco, of Loreto, and of Lima. During the first administration of Andrés Avelino Cáceres he was made secretary to the President. Subsequently he was elected as deputy for the provinces of Pallasca, Santa, and Huamalíes; and made vice president of the Chamber of Deputies. Following this, he was appointed Minister of Government and Police (ministro de gobierno y policia) in the cabinet.
Aside from his political activities, Fuentes was prominently identified with educational and literary work. For some years he held the chair of metaphysics, statistics, and finance at the University of San Marcos, while at various times he was the editor of such prominent publications as El Nacional, El Diario, La Reconstitución, El Perú, and La Revista Militar y Navel. He was the author of many literary and historical works, and among other honors conferred upon him were memberships in the Atheneum of Lima, the Geographical Society of Lima, and various literary and scientific organizations. He died in December 1917 in a sanatorium in Rochester, New York, to which he had traveled on account of his ill health.
- Pan American Union; Union of American Republics (1918). Bulletin of the Pan American Union, vol. 46. The Union. p. 337. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.