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Argüelles, Agustín (1776-1844)




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Ribadesella (Asturias, España)  1776-08-28 - 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 the Congress and tutor of the Queen Isabella II.

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

He returned to Spain at the start of the Peninsular War and was elected deputy in the Cortes of Cadiz in 1810. His knowledge about English parliamentarism helped him to write the preliminary speech of the 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 along with other politicians such as Martínez de la Rosa or Muñoz Torrero. He was exiled to Ceuta and later to Mallorca.

With the triumph of the military uprising of Riego in 1820 he returned to Madrid and was appointed Minister of the Governorship in the first Government of the "Trienio Liberal" (in English, "Liberal Triennium") (1820-1823). In 1822 he was elected deputy for Asturias and obtained his PhD in Law by the University of Oviedo. After the end of the Trienio, 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 the Queen Isabella 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 Defunci¿n:

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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