González, Abraham (1864–1913)

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González, Abraham (1864–1913)

Abraham González (b. 7 June 1864; d. 7 March 1913), governor of Chihuahua, Mexico (1911–1913), minister of internal affairs (1911–1912). González was a gunrunner for the insurgency of Francisco I. Madero (1909–1910). As governor he instituted a number of political reforms, including the abolition of company towns and the hated office of jefe político (district boss). After an interlude in Madero's cabinet, González returned to Chihuahua to confront growing unrest that erupted in the rebellion of Pascual Orozco Jr., in 1912. He defeated the Orozquistas, only to die at the hands of the reactionary forces that overthrew Madero. González typified the Maderista, middle-class political reformers caught between the radical demands of their present and worker followers and the reactionary Porfirian oligarchy.

See alsoMexico: Since 1910; Weapons Industry.


There are two important biographies of González: Francisco R. Almada, Vida, proceso y muerte de Abraham González (1967), and William H. Beezley, Insurgent Governor: Abraham González and the Mexican Revolution (1973).

Additional Bibliography

Caraveo Estrada, Baudilio B. Historias de mi odisea revolucionaria: La revolución en la sierra de Chihuahua y la Convención de Aguascalientes. Chihuahua, México: Doble Hélice Ediciones, 1996.

McLynn, Frank. Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2001.

                                    Mark Wasserman

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