Person - López Ballesteros, Francisco (1771-1833)

López Ballesteros, Francisco (1771-1833)




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López Ballesteros, Francisco (1771-1833)Other forms

Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Brea de Aragón (Zaragoza, España)  1771 - París (Isla de Francia, Francia)  1833


Spanish General and Minister. He was the son of Francisco López Ballesteros, the cousin of the Minister Luis López Ballesteros.

He studied in Zaragoza and later on he joined the army as a cadet in 1788. He took part in the War of the Oranges against Portugal, but the big opportunity for his military career appeared during the Peninsular War. He was tax inspector and was promoted by the Junta to Field Marshal. He fought in different places of Spain, his well-known proclamation at the headquarters of La Higuera, and his battle of Castillejos and his condition as liberator of Granada, earned him the nickname of "general of the revolution" and he was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1811. He rejected being appointed general in chief of the armies of Wellington, so he was dismissed of his position and locked down. Because of that, he developed a good relationship with other intellectuals of the time, like Romero Alpuente, Muñoz Arroyo, etc. When Ferdinand VII returned, he was named Minister of War, and he received the Laureate Cross of Saint Ferdinand but later on, he lost the Royal Family's trust, and they exiled him to Valladolid. When the Trienio Liberal (Liberal Triennium) (1820-1823) began, López Ballesteros was called to the Corte, being appointed General in chief of the Central Army, Vice President of the Junta Provisional, and he received the Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III (1820). He was the general inspector of Militias, and later, State's consultant, and assistant of His Majesty. In the new French invasion of 1823, the Government entrusted him with the defence, but he opted for capitulating before General Molitor. In 1824, he had to move to France, and lived in Paris. He died there in 1833.

Liberal Triennium, 1820-1823

Date of the event: 1820 - 1823



Valladolid (España)  Obs.:  Destierro

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Brea de Aragón (Zaragoza, España) in 1771

Lugar de Defunción:

París (Isla de Francia, Francia) in 1833

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Wellesley, Arthur (1769-1852)  ( He/She is the enemy of-He/She is facing- It is the minority )

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