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Person - Reventós, Joan (1927-2004)

Reventós, Joan (1927-2004)




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Fechas de existencia:

Barcelona (España)  1927-07-26 - Barcelona (España)  2004-01-13


Spanish lawyer and politician. Thanks to his thesis "Movimiento cooperativo de España", he obtained the PhD in Law from the University of Barcelona. He got married with Josefa Rovira and both had seven children. His father, Manuel Reventós, was the Director General of Commerce and Tariff Policy during the first government of the II Republic. According to Reventós' political career, he firstly joined the Demo Christian group Torres I Bagés in 1944, where he met Jordi Puyol and Antón Cañellas, but when he started to study at the University in 1945, he joined the Left-Wing Catalonian Ideology, to end finally in the Socialist Movement of Catalonia (1947) and UGT (1949).

After Ramón Porquera's arrest in 1951, Reventós became one of the main leaders of MSC, replacing him in the Executive Board of the party. He also was a professor in Law and Economics at the University of Barcelona, from where he was expelled and suspended without teaching due to his political affiliation in 1958. Being accused of the reconstruction of MSC, clandestine propaganda and illegal association, he was imprisoned several months in the Modelo prison of Barcelona, then in the prison of Carabanchel (Madrid), and finally under home arrest. Later on, Reventós returned to the University, from which he was expelled again for signing a document in which they asked for the resignation of the rector and the Minister of Education.

Reventós took part in almost every Catalonian movement against Franco, like the general strike of Local Trains (1951), which costed him to be arrested, becoming one of the main representatives of the Anti-Franco fight. Reventós left his career as a lawyer to run the metallurgical enterprise Industrial Cusí and to collaborate with the publishing company Seix Barral and Ariel. In 1966, he confronted with Josep Pallach and became the leader of MSC. In 1976, he founded the Socialist Party of Catalonia-Congrés, which merged with the Catalonian Federation of PSOE and the Socialist Party of Catalonia-Reagrupament in 1978, leading to the Party of the Socialists of Catalonia (PSC-PSOE), affiliated with PSOE, from which he was elected its first secretary.

Reventós was elected deputy for the electoral district of Barcelona in the 1977 and 1979 general elections. In 1980, Reventós was a candidate of PSC to the presidency of the Government of Catalonia, obtaining the 22,3% of the votes. The president, thanks to the support of Esquerra Republicana of Catalonia (ERC), would be Jordi Pujol. After PSOE's victory in the 1982 general elections, Reventós was appointed ambassador of Spain in France, post which he held between 1983 and 1986. Later on he was elected senator and president of the Parliament of Catalonia between 1995 and 1999.

Reventós was posthumously awarded in 2005 with the Golden Medal of the Government of Catalonia.

Cortes Constituyentes, 1977-1979

Date of the event: 1977-07-13 - 1979-01-02



Profesión (Es realizada por):

Profesores universitarios



Profesión (Es realizada por):


(Función) Desempeña/lleva a cabo/realiza:

Embajadores between 1983 and 1986 Obs.:  Embajador de España en Francia




Lugar de Residencia:

Madrid (España)

Lugar de Residencia:

Francia  Obs.:  Embajador de España en Francia

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Barcelona (España) in 1927-07-26

Lugar de Defunción:

Barcelona (España) in 2004-01-13




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Related Authorities

Cañellas, Anton (1923-2006)  ( Es colega/ amigo de )

Associative relations :

Pallach, Josep (1920-1977)  ( Es enemigo/ está enfrentado con/ esta la oposición de )

Porqueras Fonfría, Ramón (1925-2008)  ( Es colega/ amigo de )

Unión General de Trabajadores (España)  ( Es miembro de )

Universidad de Barcelona (España)  ( Es empleado en/trabaja en )

Prisión Celular de Barcelona  ( Prisionero )

Family relationships :

Carner, Jaime (1867-1934)  - Progenitor (Es abuelo/a de; Ministro de Hacienda durante la II República)

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