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RESTREPO, Jose Manuel (res-tray'-po), Colombian historian, born in Envigado, Antioquia, in 1780" died in Bogota about 1860. He studied in Bogota under the direction of his cousin, Dr. Felix Restrepo, and was there graduated in law, but gave himself with enthusiasm to the study of history. In the revolution of 1810 he espoused the patriot cause, and in 1814 was deputy to the congress of the united provinces of New Granada, and elected a member of the executive junta at Tunja. He was appointed in 1819 governor of his native province, in 1821 was deputy to the constituent congress of Cucuta, and in 1822 a member of the cabinet in Bogota as secretary of the interior. Later he was secretary of state and an intimate friend of Simon Bolivia', and after the partition of Colombia into the three republics of Venezuela, New Granada, and Ecuador, was appointed director of the mint in Bogota. In his leisure hours he entirely rearranged his historical work, which had first appeared in 1827. He wrote "Ensavo sobre la geografia, producciones, indfistria y poblacion de la provineia de Antioqufa" (El Semanario, 1819" reprinted in Bogota, 1824), and " Historia de la Revolucion de Colombia" (10 vols., Paris, 1827" Bogota, 1858).
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