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LILLO, Eusebio (leel'-yo), Chilian statesman, born in Santiago in 1826. He studied in the university of his native city, where he was graduated in law. He began early to take part in politics, in 1849 and 1850 was a constant contributor to the Liberal papers, and, on account of his opposition to the Conservative government, was banished in 1851. He went to Bolivia, and during his sojourn there founded in La Paz the Bank of Bolivia. After the assumption of the executive by Perez in 1860 he returned to his native country, mid in 1864 became editor of "La Patria" in Valparaiso. In 1870 he was appointed professor of law at the University of Chili, but did not accept. He has been elected to congress several times, and during the war with Peru and Bolivia he was one of the active advisers of the government. In October, 1880, he was appointed Chilian commissioner to attend the conferences that were held on board the United States corvette "Lackawanna" in the port of Arica, by suggestion of the United States minister, to treat concerning conditions of peace between the three republics, but which did not produce the desired result. In 1883 he was sent as minister to Bolivia, and concluded a treaty of peace with that republic. In 1884 he was called by President Santa Maria to the cabinet as secretary of state, and in the autumn of the same year elected to congress as senator for six years, he has achieved fame in South America as a poet. Among his principal compositions are "El Junco," "Loco de amor," "Cancion nacional de Chile," "Recuerdos del Proscrito," "Rosa y Carlos," "Deseos," "La Violeta," and "Plegaria." A collection of his poems has also been published in several editions (Santiago, 1862-'84).
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