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Francisco Narciso de Laprida (October 28, 1786 in San Juanmarker ‚Äď September 22, 1829) was an Argentinemarker lawyer and politician. He was a deputy for San Juanmarker at the Congress of Tucum√°n, and president of it on July 9 1816, when the Declaration of Independence of Argentina took place.

Laprida started his studies at the Real Colegio de San Carlos in Buenos Airesmarker, after which he moved to Santiagomarker de Chilemarker to study Law at the Universidad de San Felipe, where he graduated in 1810. He participated in the Cabildo Abierto in Chile, one of the first steps towards the independence of that country.In 1812 he returned to San Juan, where he was named trustee of the Cabildo government house.

As such, Laprida collaborated with José de San Martín in the organization of the Ejército de los Andes. Because of his education in law and as an important local figure, he was sent to the Tucumánmarker Congress in 1815 as provincial deputy, together with Fray Justo Santa María de Oro. As the congress had a rotating presidency, Laprida was selected for the presidency on July 1, and was still its president 8 days later, when the National Constitution was finished, and the independence of the country declared.

He returned to San Juan at the end of the deliberations, were he served as acting governor replacing José Ignacio de la Roza; as interim governor he took a determined and tough line against the dissidents. At the end of his internship he represented his province again in 1824 at the General Constituent Congress, being its president for some months.

As member of the Unitarian Party, the execution of Manuel Dorrego meant a hard blow, after which Laprida returned to San Juan, to later flee Manuel Oribe and Facundo Quiroga's forces towards Mendoza Province. On September 22 1829, the men of José Félix Aldao reached him and ended his life; his body was not recovered.

Jorge Luis Borges, loosely related to Laprida, recalled his death in his "Poema Conjetural", dedicated to Laprida.


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