Person - Contador, Diego (ca.1757-1833)

Contador, Diego (ca.1757-1833)




Preferred form:

Contador, Diego (ca.1757-1833)

Fechas de existencia:

Cádiz (España)  1757 - Madrid (España)  1833-07-30


Marine, naval engineer, military governor and minister of war.

He was a cadet at the Artillery College of Segovia in 1771. In 1778 he moved to the Navy with the job of frigate's ensign and be was named master of mechanics at the Ferrol Marine Guard Company. He was progressively upgraded his position, firstly to ship lieutenant and ordinary engineer, in 1788 he become frigate captain and second engineer; in 1792 he was captain of ship and chief engineer and in 1794 he was brigadier of the Navy. He was the governor of "plaza de Ferrol" in 1794 and he upgraded to squadron leader (1796).

In 1808 he was posed to Cartagena as chairman of the "Junta de purificación de oficiales" from France. He was also general commander of the "tercios navales" of Levante, a member of the Department's Economic Board. He was upgraded to lieutenant general in 1814 and he received the Grand Cross of St. Hermenegildo in 1816. He owned the Great Cross of Isabella the Catholic and the Cross of Charles III.

He was designated by the King to be Minister of War. The new of his appointment provoked demonstrations contrary to the designation. He rejected the position because of his old age.

In 1823 he was the president of the "Junta de Armamento y Defensa" of Murcia, advisor of the Supreme War in 1824 and governor of the "Junta de Gobierno del Montepío militar" until his death in 1833.

Liberal Triennium, 1820-1823

Date of the event: 1820 - 1823



Lugar de Residencia:

Cartagena (Murcia, España)

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Cádiz (España) in 1757

Lugar de Defunción:

Madrid (España) in 1833-07-30


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. 1).

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Real Armada Española  ( Es miembro de )

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