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Person - Rodríguez Valverde, León Máximo (1909-1997)

Rodríguez Valverde, León Máximo (1909-1997)




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Fechas de existencia:

Val de Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo-Caudilla, Toledo, España)  1909-04-11 - Madrid (España)  1997-09-09


Spanish politician and cabinetmaker. Rodríguez Valverde joined UGT and JS in 1924, becoming a member of AS in 1931. He participated in the Socialist Circle of Buenavista. He performed the military service in Ceuta, at the Regulares. He took part actively in the revolution of October 1934, and after the socialist organizations were closed down, he established the Popular Culture Centre of Buenavista along with some other colleagues of the JS.

After the uprising in 1936, Rodríguez Valverde joined the republican militias as a lieutenant at the first Section of the first Company of Largo Caballero's Battalion, fighting at the Sector of Navalperal de Pinares (Avila). Rodríguez Valverde was married with Carmen Díaz Alcázar, and both had three children.

When the republican army was established, Rodríguez Valverde joined the 27 Mixed Brigade and the 200 Mixed Brigade at the Maneuvers Army, where he reached the rank of Commander in the fronts of Somosierra and Guadarrama. When the Civil War was over, he was arrested and imprisoned in the concentration camp of Chamartin, passing later on to the camp in Campamento, and finally to the prison of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), on June 1939. He was sentenced to death by Court-Martial held on 18th April 1940, which 20 years later was quashed by 30 years imprisonment. He was released on 23rd September 1944, joining the clandestine socialist organization of Madrid under the mandate of the First Executive Board of PSOE.

Known as "Madariaga", Rodríguez Valverde took part in the 6th Executive Board of PSOE, from 1950 to 1952, and after being dismantled, he was arrested, he hid in Madrid and started the actions to move to France. Finally, he did it on July 1953 with the support of Julio Ugarte, a Basque priest which was imprisoned with Julián Besteiro in Dueñas (Palencia). On 29th July 1953, he joined the Sections of PSOE and UGT of Toulouse. He represented the Section of Toulouse in the VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and XIII Congress of PSOE in exile, respectively held in 1958, 1961, 1964, 1972 and 1974. He participated in the General Council of UGT from 1959 to 1968, of the National Commission of Conflicts of UGT from 1971 and 1973, and of the Executive Board of UGT in exile from 1973 to 1976, as the press and propaganda secretary abroad.

Rodríguez Valverde was one of the historical leaders of PSOE which had a seat in the Constituent Legislature after being elected deputy for the district of Madrid in the 1977 general elections; he was re-elected five more times (1979, 1982, 1986, 1989 and 1993). In the 1986-1989 legislatures, he took part in at the Congress, along with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, as a Mayor and Minor deputy, respectively.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939

Cortes Constituyentes, 1977-1979

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



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Lugar de Residencia:

Toulouse (Alto Garona, Francia)  Obs.:  Exiliado

Lugar de Residencia:

Ceuta (España)  Obs.:  Servicio Militar

Lugar de Residencia:

Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, España) between 1939 and 1944 Obs.:  Prisionero

Lugar de Defunción:

Madrid (España) in 1997-09-09






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Hierarchical relationships :

España. Ejército Popular. 27ª Brigada Mixta. 2º Batallón  - Parent (Comandante de los frentes de Somosierra y Guadarrama)

See descendants

Partido Socialista Obrero Español  ( Es miembro de )

Associative relations :

Rodríguez Zapatero, José Luis (1960- )  ( Es aprendiz (de un oficio) de/ es alumno de/ trabaja con; Compartieron Mesa de edad en el Congreso )

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


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