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SANFUENTES, Salvador (san-foo-ain'-tays), Chilian poet, born in Santiago, 2 February, 1817 ; died there, 17 July, 1860. He followed preparatory studies in the National institute, and early showed literary tastes, but, according to his father's wishes, entere(1 commercial life in the latter's store. There he attracted in 1833 the attention of Andres Belle (q. v.), who, recognizing the youth's talent, befriended him, and the next year published in his paper "EL Araucano," a translation from Racine by Sanfuentes. The latter entered public life as secretary of the legation that was sent to Peru in 1836, returned to Chili in 1837. was appointed clerk of the ministry of justice and public instruction, and in 1843 became general secretary of the newly organized university. In 1845 he was made intendant of the province of Valdivia, and in February, 1847, he was called to occupy the ministry of public instruction, which place he held till June, 1849. In 1855 he was appointed judge of the court of appeals of Santiago, in 1857 he was for the second time rain-ister of public instruction, and in 1858 he was elected judge of the supreme court, which place he held till his death. He wrote "Caupolican," a drama in verse (Santiago, 1835) ; "EL Campanario" (1838)" "Leyendas y obras dralmaticas " (Santiago, 1849-'50)" " Chile desde la batalla de Chacabuco hasta la de Maip5 " (1850)" "Ricardo y Lucia, 5 la destruccion de la Imperial" (2 vols., 1857) ; "Teudo, d memorias de un solitario" (1858)and " Dramas indditos" (1863). In 1873 a monument was erected in Santiago to the memory of Sanfuentes, Garcia Reyes, and Tocornal.
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