(1819-1887), businessman and public official, the second son of John Dillon (d.1826) of Dublin
and Manuela Calderón (d.1867). John Dillon emigrated to Spain
and in 1807 he settled in the River Plate as a merchant and
owner of a meat-curing plant. Juan Dillon was the first to install a beer
brewery plant in the country. After
the fall of Rosas in 1852, Dillon was appointed judge
of the peace in Morón and military commander for
the region. In Merlo, Juan Dillon built the church, the municipality and many schools.
In 1875 President Avellaneda appointed Dillon to the key
position of Immigrations Commissioner. After that, he
was elected senator during three terms in the Buenos
Aires parliament, in which he chaired the budget commission.
Juan Dillon married Josefa, née Ballesteros (b.1824). A street
in Merlo is named after him.
- Coghlan, Eduardo A., Los Irlandeses en la Argentina: Su
Actuación y Descendencia (Buenos Aires, 1987), p.
- The Southern Cross, Número del Centenario (Buenos
Aires, 1975), p. 46.