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D'AMIC0, Carlos A. (da-am-e'-ko), Argentine statesman, born in Buenos Ayres in 1844. At the age of twenty-one he was graduated in law at the University of his native City, and opened an office in Buenos Ayres. At the same time he took an active part in politics, affiliating himself in the national autonomist party, of which he is still one of the chief supporters. In 1868, when the allied armies, having repelled the forces of Lopez, were about to invade Paraguay, D'Amico accepted a commission in a regiment of national guards, was present at all the battles of the allied armies on Paraguayan territory, and rose to the rank of major. He then returned to his law practice, but soon was elected secretary of the federal senate, and in 1877 to congress as member for Buenos Ayres.
In October 1880, he was appointed secretary of state of the government of the state of Buenos Ayres, which office he held until, in 1883, he was called to the federal senate as senator for Buenos Ayres. At the expiration of the term of Governor Rocha, in 1884, D'Amico was chosen governor of the state of Buenos Ayres. He is, perhaps, the most popular orator of the Argentine republic, and in the chamber of deputies, as well as in the senate, uses his gifts to defend the interests of his native state and the federation in general. As minister of the state government, he initiated measures granting increased facilities for communications with Europe and the countries of both Americas, and fostering emigration and the public-school system. He was one of the originators of the railroad to Mendoza, destined to cross the Andes after traversing the immense pampas, and to put Chili in communication with the Atlantic seaboard'. During his term as minister he worked incessantly for the execution of the project, to found a new capital, and, when Governor Rocha accepted his idea, the foundations of the new City, La Plata, were laid in 1882. When he became governor he pushed the progress of this favorite City still more energetically, and its growth and embellishment made rapid strides. Under his administration were either begun or completed the palace of the government, the ministerial buildings, the house of congress, the progreso bank, and a great number of public-school buildings. His term as governor will expire in the latter part of 1887.
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