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IBANEZ, Adolfo (e-ban'-yeth), Chilian statesman, born in Santiago, 15 June, 1829. He was graduated in law at the university of his native city, was appointed in 1850 district attorney for the superior court of Serena, and in 1856 judge of the superior court of Ancud. In 1870 he was sent by President Perez as minister to Peru, and to him was due the satisfactory arrangement of some differences that had arisen out of the treaty of alliance which the two republics had formed against Spain. He returned to Chili in 1872 to take charge of the portfolio of foreign relations and colonization, and in this office he brought the question of the boundary between his country and Bolivia to a conclusion, and began the claims against the Argentine Republic regarding the territory of Patagonia. He also fostered colonization, and succeeded in attracting a steady current of emigration, he was elected deputy to congress in 1874 for the city of Santiago, and in 1876 to the senate for the province of that name. In 1877 he was sent as minister to London. and in the next year to Washington, where he successfully concluded a special mission, in 1879 he returned to Chili, resuming his seat in the senate, where he contributed greatly to the favorable termination of the war between Chili and Peru. In 1882 he was called by President Santa Maria to take charge again of the portfolio of foreign relations, but in the same year was elected senator for the province of Santiago for the full term of six years.
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