Agustín Argüelles
Person - Argüelles, Agustín (1776-1844)

Argüelles, Agustín (1776-1844)




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Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Ribadesella (Asturias, España)  1776-08-28 - Madrid (España)  1844-03-26


Spanish Politician. He was the son of José Argüelles Oría and his second wife Teresa Álvarez González. He was Minister, Deputy, President of Congress and tutor of the future Queen Elizabeth II.

He studied Law in Oviedo. In 1800 he moved to Madrid meeting personalities like Jovellanos and Moratín. Thanks to Moratín he began to work in the Ministry of State. Then, he moved to Treasury' Ministry. He was commissioned in London between 1806 and 1808 to request the English alliance to stop Napoleon's expansion.

He returned to Spain at the start of the War of Independence and was elected deputy in the Courts of Cadiz in 1810. His knowledge about English parliamentaryism helped him to wtite the preliminary speech Project of the Constitution in 1811, being one of the members of the Commission that wrote the constitutional text.

After the absolutist restoration of Ferdinand VII in 1814, Argüelles was arrested with other politicians such as Martínez de la Rosa or Muñoz Torrero. He was banished to Ceuta and later to Mallorca.

With the triumph of the Riegos' s uprising in 1820 he returned to Madrid and was appointed Minister of the Governorship in the first Government of the Constitutional Triennium (1820-1823). In 1822 he was elected deputy for Asturias and was named doctor in law by the University of Oviedo.

After the end of the Triennium, Argüelles had to go into exile to England, where he lived as a refugee between 1823 and 1834, returning to Spain the year after Ferdinand VII's death.

In 1841 he was designated President of the Congress of Deputies and tutor of Queen Elizabeth II and her sister the "infanta" Luisa Fernanda, who were 11 and 9 years old respectively.

He died at his home in Madrid at Calle Huertas at the age of 67 and his remains rest in the Pantheon of Illustrious Men of the Royal Basilica of Atocha in Madrid.

Liberal Triennium, 1820-1823

Date of the event: 1820 - 1823

Cortes de Cádiz, 1810-1813

Date of the event: 1810 - 1813





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Ceuta (España)  Obs.:  Destierro

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Ribadesella (Asturias, España) in 1776-08-28

Lugar de Defunción:

Madrid (España) in 1844-03-26




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Gil Novales, Alberto. Diccionario biográfico de España (1808-1833) : de los orígenes del liberalismo a la reacción absolutista. Alberto Gil Novales. Madrid: Fundación Mapfre. 3 v. (3406 p.). 978-84-9844-236-6 (Vol. 3).

Retrato de Agustín Argüelles, tutor de Isabel II / Autor : Alenza y Nieto, Leonardo - Museo del Romanticismo (Madrid) .- Signatura: MRMFCE0038_SEQ_005_P

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Diccionario biográfico RAH

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Biblioteca Nacional de España


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