Irigoyen, Bernardo de (1822–1906)

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Irigoyen, Bernardo de (1822–1906)

Bernardo de Irigoyen (b. 18 December 1822; d. 27 December 1906), cattle baron and politician in Buenos Aires province and Argentina. Born in Buenos Aires, Irigoyen received his law degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1843. He obtained his first important political position in 1844, when Federalist dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas appointed him intervenor in Mendoza Province.

As a member of the National Autonomist Party, he was elected to the Buenos Aires Province Chamber of Deputies in 1873 and advanced to the provincial Senate two years later.

In the 1880s, he returned to national politics. Under presidents Nicolás Avellaneda (1874–1880) and Julio Roca (1880–1886) he held various cabinet-level positions. Although he broke from the National Autonomist Party, helping form the Civic Union Party and the Radical Civic Union Party, he remained influential. In the final decades of his life he served as governor and national senator of Buenos Aires Province.

See alsoArgentina, Political Parties: Personalist Radical Civic Union; Argentina, Political Parties: National Autonomist Party.


Natalio R. Botana, El orden conservador: La política argentina entre 1880 y 1916, 2d ed. (1985).

Oscar Cornblit Et Al., "La generación del ochenta y su proyecto—antecedentes y consecuencias," in Argentina, sociedad de masas, edited by Torcuato S. di Tella, et al. (1956), pp. 18-59.

Additional Bibliography

Alonso, Paula. Between Revolution and the Ballot Box: The Origins of the Argentine Radical Party in the 1890s. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Mallo, Susana, Rafael Paternain, and Miguel Angel Serna. Modernidad y poder en el Río de la Plata: Colorados y Radicales. Montevideo: Editorial Trazas, 1995.

Rock, David. State Building and Political Movements in Argentina, 1860–1916. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2002.

                                          Daniel Lewis