Fernando Errázuriz Aldunate

Fernando Errázuriz Aldunate
President of Chile
In office
March 8 of 1831  September 18 of 1831
Preceded by José Tomás Ovalle
Succeeded by José Joaquín Prieto
Personal details
Born June 1, 1777
Santiago, Chile
Died August 16, 1841 (64 years)
Santiago, Chile
Spouse(s) Maria del Carmen Elzo Sotomayor (8 children)
Children Francisco Javier, Fernando, Dolores, José Manuel, Tadea, Pedro, Mariana y Fidela

Fernando de Errázuriz y Martínez de Aldunate (June 1, 1777 – August 16, 1841), also known as Fernando Errázuriz Aldunate, was a Chilean political figure. He served as provisional president of Chile in 1831.[1]


Errázuriz was born in Santiago, the son of Francisco Javier de Errázuriz y Madariaga and of María Rosa Aldunate y Guerrero Carrera. He became a lawyer and participated in the independence movement in Chile. On October 2, 1801 he married María del Carmen Sotomayor Elzo, with whom he had 8 children.

Chilean independence process (1810 - 1823)

First Government Junta (open council 1810 ), he was governing of the open council of 1810.[2]

Abdication of O'Higgins

During the period of the Patria Vieja, he was elected deputy for Rancagua in the First National Congress of 1811.

War of Independence of Chile Actively participated in the War of Independence and suffered persecution during the Spanish conquest between 1814 and 1817. Has regained freedom after the patriot victory at Chacabuco on February 12, 1817.[3]

During the period of Patria Nueva, from February 12 of 1817 until January 28 of 1823, he was deputy for Rancagua.

On the morning of January 28 of 1823, open council meeting was convened to ask the abdication of the Supreme Director Bernardo O'Higgins . The Government Junta was formed by Agustín de Eyzaguirre, Errázuriz and José Miguel Infante.

In December 12 of 1823, he was elected president of the Congress, which began to be bicameral.

In 1823 he was senator for Santiago and President of the Senate; as such, was appointed supreme director delegated January 3 of 1824.

He was senator of Santiago again between 1831 and 1834.

President of Chile

Provisional President of Chile: He served as president of the Provincial Assembly of the Santiago in October 19 of 1826 and November 26 of 1827. He was appointed interim president of the congress of plenipotentiaries in March 1830.

Provisional President of Chile: On March 8 of 1831, due to the resignation and subsequent death of José Tomás Ovalle was appointed accidental vice president or provisional president until March 22. That day, he took the office, which was maintained until September 18 of the same year. Then he was succeeded by José Joaquín Prieto , who had been elected in the presidential vote convened.


The Errázuriz Cabinet
Office Name Term
President Fernando Errázuriz8 March 183131 March 1831
Minister of the Interior & Foreign Affairs Diego Portales5 April 183031 August 1831
Minister of War & Navy Colonel José María de la Cruz25 September 183024 March 1831
Diego Portales24 March 183131 August 1831
Minister of Finance Manuel Rengifo15 June 18309 November 1835

See also

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Political offices
Preceded by
Member of Government Junta
Succeeded by
Preceded by
José Tomás Ovalle
Provisional President of Chile
Succeeded by
José Joaquín Prieto

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