Alcalá Galiano, Antonio

Alcalá Galiano, Antonio

 

Born June 22, 1789, in Cadiz; died Apr. 11, 1865, in Madrid. Spanish political figure; participant in the military uprising of R. Riego y Núñez which led to the reestablishment of the constitutional structure in Spain (1820).

During the revolution of 1820–23, Alcalá Galiano was one of the prominent leaders of the Exaltados. Between 1822 and 1823 he served as deputy in the Cortes. He opposed the Comuneros—the leftmost wing in the Spanish revolution. After the defeat of the revolution, Alcalá Galiano emigrated to England, returning after the amnesty of 1834. He joined the moderate party, the Moderados. In 1834 he served as minister of the navy, and in 1865 as minister of the economy.