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MATTA, Manuel Antonio (mat-tah), Chilian statesman, born in Copiapo in 1826, received his preparatory education in the college of his native city, and finished his studies in the German universities, after which he travelled extensively through Europe and America. After his return to his native country lie began his public career in 1858 as deputy for Copiapo to the National congress, and in 1863 founded the daily paper" La Voz de Chili." of which he still (1888) continues chief editor. In 1865 he was appointed envoy to Columbia. Till 1874 he was steadily returned to congress from Copiapo, where he was the acknowledged leader of the Radical party, and considered one of the most powerful orators of Chili. In 1874 he was elected by congress councillor of state, and in 1876 he was returned as senator from Copiapo for the term of six years and elected president of that: body. He has also been twice a candidate for the presidency of the nation. He has published several pamphlets on Latin-American politics and some translations of German poetry. -His brother, Guillermo, Chilian poet, born in Copiapo in 1829, received an excellent education, and in earn life began a journalist's career. In 1859 he took an active part in the political struggle that agitated the republic, and was banished to Europe, where he remained for two years. He was an editor of the " Voz de Chile" in 1863, and also became professor of philology in the University of Chili, and a member of many literary and political societies. He was deputy to congress for Copiapo in 1870 and 1873, and in 1874 president of the chamber of deputies. In 1882 he was appointed minister to Germany and the pope. On his return to Chili he was elected in 1886 senator for the province of Copiapo, and in August, 1887, he was appointed minister to the Argentine Republic. His works include "Cuento endemoniado" and "La Mujer misteriosa" (Santiago, 1853); legends, and a collection of his other poems (2 vols., Madrid, 1858). Since that time numerous compositions of his have appeared in literary magazines, and a collection is in preparation for publication (1888).
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