Manuel Máximo Alberti
(28 May 1763 – 31 January
1811) was a priest from Buenos Aires, in the time the city belonged
to the Viceroyalty of the Río
de la Plata
. He was part of the Primera Junta
, the first national government
after the spanish rulers were removed during the May Revolution
Manuel Alberti was born in Buenos Aires on 28 may 1763, his parents
being Antonio Alberti and Juana Agustina Marín. He study theology at the National
University of Cordoba, getting a degree on 16 july 1785.
priest the following year.
He was sent to Concepción
as cleric, and in 1790 he was designated as cleric
of Magdalena. He was later priest in the city of Maldonado, currently part of Uruguay.
Alberti was jailed by the british during the British invasions
of the Río de la Plata
, accused of having mailing contacts with
leaders of the spanish forces. He was freed after the defeat of the
british troops, and resumed his functions.
He returned to Buenos Aires in 1808 and worked in the chapel "San
Benito de Palermo", of recent construction. In 1810 he joined the
political movements that gave place to the May Revolution
. He was present in the open
Cabildo that decided the fate of Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros
voting for his removal.
He was one of the members of the Primera
, which took control of the government after Cisneros's
departure. In here, he was aligned with most of the reformist
proposals of Mariano Moreno
he rejected to sign the death penalty
for Santiago de Liniers
his religious formation.
He was also a journalist of the Gazeta de Buenos Ayres
, even after
the departure of its founder Mariano Moreno. From there he
supported all of the actions took by the Junta, save the mentioned
execution of Liniers.
Like most other members of the Junta, he voted for the
incorporation of the deputies from the other other cities into the
Junta, which turned it into the Junta
. He did this breaking his usual support for Mariano
Moreno, the sole member of the Junta to reject the incorporation;
however, he told that he supported the proposal just out of
He was the first member of the First Junta to die. He died 31
january 1811, because of a heart
government of Buenos
Aires decided in 1822 to name a street after his name,
and in 1910 a statue of him was erected in Barrancas de Belgrano.
district of Manuel
Alberti in the Buenos Aires Province is also named after him.
Statue of Alberti