Américo Acuña

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Américo Acuña
President of the Senate of Chile
In office
12 May 1973 – 23 May 1973
Preceded byJosé Ignacio Palma
Succeeded byEduardo Frei Montalva
Member of the Senate of Chile
In office
15 May 1969 – 11 September 1973
Succeeded byDisolution of the charge
(1973 Chilean coup d'état)
Constituency7th Provincial Agrupation
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile
In office
Constituency23rd Departamental Agrupation
Personal details
Born (1934-01-02) 2 January 1934 (age 88)
Río Negro, Chile
Political partyRadical Party
Chilean Social Democracy Party
Spouse(s)Ruby Winckler
ParentsArturo Acuña González
Edelmira Rosas Rosas
Alma mater
  • University of Chile (BA)

Américo Arturo Acuña Rosas (born 2 January 1934) is a Chilean former politician and lawyer who served as Senate of Chile.[1][2]

He began his political activities during his time as a High school student, in which he was president of the Alumni Center of his Lyceum. Later, he joined the Radical Party of Chile in 1948, where he held positions such as leader of the Radical Youth of Osorno, Chile, assembly leader, provincial leader, national councilor or national leader.

On 3 August 1971, Acuña resigned to his party due to its alliance with Salvador Allende's Marxist government. Thus, he joined the Radical Left Party (PIR).

He collaborated in the newspaper «La Prensa» of Osorno, writing many articles. Similarly, he founded the magazine «Radix» and freely practiced his profession.

Early life

Born in 1934 at Osorno, Chile, he was educated at the Liceo Eleuterio Ramírez.[3]

Later, he joined the University of Chile School of Law, where he obtained his bachelor of arts a degree thesis entitled «Political and Economic Background of the Constitutional Reform in 1934», which content had as context to Arturo Alessandri Palma's second government (1932−1938).

Political career

As Deputy

In 1961, Acuña gained a seat in the Chamber of Deputies of Chile representing the 23rd Departmental Group of his hometown Osorno and Río Negro for the period 1961−1965. In the Congress, he was a member of the Permanent commission on Public Education, the Special Commission on US Dollar (1962) and the Investigative Commission of Television and Automotive Industry (1965).

In 1963, he participated in Parliamentary Congresses in Buenos Aires whilst Argentina was governed by Arturo Umberto Illia. By the other hand, in 1965, Acuña participed in meetings with the governments of United States and Puerto Rico.

In 1965, he was reelected deputy for the same Departmental Group for the period 1965−1969. Now he was member of the Special Investigative Commission on the Problem of the National Merchant Marine (1967).

As Senator

In 1969, Acuña reached a seat in the Senate of Chile representing the 9th Provincial Group of Valdivia, Osorno and Llanquihue for the period 1969−1977. From 1969 to 1971, he was a member of the Parliamentary Committee of his Party until his resignation.

In the 1971 Conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, he served as president of the Chilean Delegation.

In 1973, Acuña was the provisional president of the Senate for a week. On 23 May, he was replaced in the position by Eduardo Frei Montalva, former President of the Republic (1964–70).

He also was a substitute Senator in the Permanent Commissions of government, Constitution, Legislation, Justice, Regulation, Public Education, Finance, Public Works, Social Security, Agriculture and Colonization.

Retirement from politics

In 2011, he was honoured by Sebastián Piñera's first government due to his labour as President of the Senate.[4]


  1. "Los quiebres institucionales que significaron el fin de la democracia y el cierre del Congreso". Senate of Chile. 8 September 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  2. "Américo Acuña ― Labor Parlamentaria" (PDF). National Library Congress. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  3. "Ex alumnos del Liceo Eleuterio Ramírez reviven su paso por el establecimiento de 125 años de historia". Soy Chile. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  4. "Presidente de la República homenajeó autoridades del Parlamento por el Bicentenario del Congreso Nacional". Congress of Chile. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2021.

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