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|First Lady of Chile|
|President||José Miguel Carrera|
María Mercedes Fontecilla y Fernández de Valdivieso
June 18, 1799
|Died||May 5, 1853 (aged 53)|
José Miguel Carrera
(m. 1814; died 1821)
Diego José Benavente (m. 1823)
Mercedes Fontecilla was born in Santiago, the daughter of Diego Antonio Fontecilla Palacios and of Rosa Fernández de Valdivieso y Portusagasti. She married José Miguel Carrera Verdugo on August 20, 1814, and together they had five children: Francisca Javiera, Roberta, Rosa, Josefa and José Miguel Carrera Fontecilla (who was born after the death of his father, and was in turn the father of Ignacio Carrera Pinto, hero of the War of the Pacific.) After the defeat of Rancagua, together with her husband, she emigrated to Argentina. Mercedes Fontecilla followed him during all his campaigns and was allowed to return to Chile only in 1821.
After the execution of General Carrera in 1823, she married Diego José Benavente, with whom she another four children: Benjamín, Mercedes, Mariana and Carolina. She died in Santiago at the age of 54.
- Genealogical chart of José Miguel Carrera (in Spanish)
- Testament of José Miguel Carrera (in Spanish)
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