Alejandro Lerroux

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Lerroux, Alejandro


Born 1864, in La Rambla; died June 27, 1949, in Madrid. Spanish statesman and politician.

Early in the 20th century Lerroux was active in the republican movement in Catalonia. He initially joined its left wing; later he shifted to the right. In 1911 he founded the Radical Republican Party. He was a member of the “Revolutionary Committee” created in 1930 at a conference of leaders of the bourgeois Republicans and Socialists. In 1931, Lerroux was minister of foreign affairs in the republican government. From 1933 to 1935 he headed a number of rightist governments. Between 1936 and 1947 he lived abroad. He was the author of memoirs entitled A Short History (1945).