Rafael Valentín Errázuriz

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Rafael Valentín Errázuriz
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Born (1861-08-10)August 10, 1861
Santiago, Chile
Died December 26, 1923(1923-12-26) (aged 62)
Rome, Italy

Rafael Valentín Errázuriz Urmeneta (August 10, 1861 - December 26, 1923) was a Chilean politician and diplomat. Rafael Errázuriz was of Basque descent.[1]

Rafael Valentín Errázuriz was born in Santiago, the son of Maximiano Errázuriz 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, Errázuriz married Elvira Valdés Ortúzar, and together they had 6 children.

Errázuriz came from a well-known winemaking family. Later he took over Panquehue Errázuriz, the family's wine estate. Errázuriz was elected deputy several times, first for Ovalle (period 1888-1891), then for Illapel, Ovalle and Combarbalá (period 1891-1894) and for Lebu, Cañete and Arauco (period 1894-1897 and 1897-1900). He also served as a senator for Aconcagua between 1897 and 1906. President Federico Errázuriz Echaurren appointed him Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Cult and Colonization (1899-1900) and President Germán Riesco appointed him Minister of the Interior (1904).

In 1907, Errázuriz was named Ambassador to the Holy See, a position he held until 1921. He died in the city of Rome in 1923.

Political offices
Preceded by
Federico Puga
Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Cult and Colonization

1899
Succeeded by
Manuel Salinas
Preceded by
Arturo Besa
Minister of the Interior
1904
Succeeded by
Manuel Egidio Ballesteros

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