Person - Arias Rodríguez del Valle, David (1890-1975)

Arias Rodríguez del Valle, David (1890-1975)




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Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Avilés (Asturias, España)  1890-01-20 - Ciudad de México (México)  1975-02-02


Spanish lawyer, politician and writer that exiled during the Spanish Civil War, son of lawyer David Arias García and husband of Rita Fernández González. He studied Laws in the Universities of Oviedo (Asturias, Spain) and Madrid. In 1913, he founded his own lawyer's office in Avilés (Asturias, Spain), and was member of the Reformist Party (PR) until he resigned in 1934 in order to join the Republican Left (IR). In 1922, he was elected Mayor of Avilés, but was removed from his post due to the dictatorship of General Primo de Rivera in October 1923. However, he was re-elected Mayor the 26th February 1930. In 1931, he was removed again from his post and, this time, imprisoned for supporting the Republic. Shortly after, he was freed and was Mayor until he resigned the 21st September 1934. During his time as Mayor, he carried out important modernization tasks of the city, like the construction of the first High School for Secondary Education, the Carreño Miranda High School, that facilitated the access of the citizens of Avilés and all west Asturias to education. He was also President of the Avilés Casino.

He defended for free the defendants of the participation of the Asturian miners' strike of 1934. As writer, he published in 1934 the novel "Después del gas", edited in Madrid and re-editied in Avilés in 2003. He also made several collaborations in different newspapers: "Anales de la Universidad de Oviedo", "España Nueva" de Madrid, "El Progreso de Asturias", "El Bollo" and "La Voz de Avilés".

During the Spanish Civil War, He went to Paris in September 1937 in order to submit to the Spanish Embassy in France the monetary funds and the book of the Avilés Harbor Works Board, where he was Secrateray for some years. He returned to Barcelona, where his family settled. In 1939, he moved to France with his family, but was sent to Argelès-sur-Mer (eastern Pyrenees, France) concentration camp, and later to Bram and Montolieu (France) concentration camps.Thanks to the economic aid of some exiled friends in Cuba, like writer Luis Amado-Blanco, he managed to get out from the camps and moved along with his wife and his four children (María Isabel, David, Rita y María de la Cruz "Lolina" Arias Fernández) to the Dominican Republic, where he arrived as refugee on board "La Salle" ship in February 1940.

He lived in Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) and Cuba until January 1942, when he went to Mexico. He received help from the "Junta de Auxilio a los Republicanos Españoles" (JARE). Once there, he worked as lawyer.

In 1964, he returned to Spain for a visit and, in 1968, published most of his poetic work in the book named "Sendero". He died in 1975 in Mexico City.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939

Lasalle (barco de vapor)

Description: Expedición que sale de Burdeos (Francia) y llega a la República Dominicana en febrero de 1940.

Location associated with the date: Puerto Plata (República Dominicana)



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France in 1939


México in 1942

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Avilés (Asturias, España) in 1890-01-20

Lugar de Defunción:

Ciudad de México (México) in 1975-02-02




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Family relationships :

Fernández González, Rita (1895-1964)  - Marriage (He/She is married to)

Simarro Solsona, Concepción (1927-1984)  - Collateral (He/She is the father-in-law/mother-in-law of)

Arias Fernández, David (1925-?)  - Progenitor (He is the father of)

Arias Fernández, María de la Cruz (1929-?)  - Progenitor (He is the father of)

Arias Fernández, María Isabel (1923-2015)  - Progenitor (He is the father of)

Arias Fernández, Rita Luisa (1927-?)  - Progenitor (He is the father of)

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