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FORTIQUE, Mariano Fernandez (forte'ka). Venezuelan bishop, born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1790; died there in November 1866. He studied at the seminary of Santa Rosa and the University of Venezuela. He spoke and wrote Latin with remarkable correctness, as well as French and other modern languages. In 1815 he was ordained a presbyter, and in 1834 was appointed rector of the parish of San Pablo, and also synodical examiner. In the same year he was elected to the nati0nal legislature. In 1842 he was consecrated bishop of Guayana. At various times during his life he was senator, president of congress, and state counselor. He secured the endowment of the much needed Seminary of Caracas. His few literary productions reveal vast learning and a noble character.
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