Gerardo Abad Conde
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He received a master's degree in law and practised it in A Coruña and was the chair for Mercantile Legislation and Maritime legislation in the School of Commerce in the city. In addition, he was director of the Nautical School. Politically, he initially belonged to the Partido Republicano Autónomo of A Coruña, becoming secretary in 1908. However, in the 1920s the party integrated into the Radical Republican Party led by Alejandro Lerroux.
Abad was councilman of his city in several legislatures, occupying the mayorship between the years 1918 - 1919. In 1930, he was involved in the Lestrove Pact where on March 26, 1930, the A Coruña municipality of Lestrove, and political representatives aimed to create a Galician Republican Federation. In the elections to the constituent assembly in La Coruna in 1931, he was not selected; nevertheless, in the elections in Lugo, months later, he became deputy of that province.
In July 1933, he was elected to the Tribunal de Garantías Constitucionales (Court of Constitutional Guarantees). In early 1935, he became Minister of the Navy, and in July 1935, he was elected president of the Patronage for the Seizure of Jesuit Goods. Under his regime in the Ministry of the Navy, from January 23 to April 3, 1935 a plan of naval modernization was elaborated, published in the official newspaper on April 6, 1936. Named the Plan Abad Conde it included the construction of 12 torpedo boats, 8 minesweepers, 12 submarines, antisubmarine facilities, and arms and others. It also anticipated the modernization existing units in the Navy, beginning with armor and then updating the cruisers and destroyers. The plan amounted to 450 million pesetas to be put into operation over a five-year period, but due to the economic and politicians of the time was out of the question ".
In August 1935, Abad left the Ministry, becoming a university Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of La Laguna in Tenerife, but later resigned under pressure. In 1936 he was a candidate to the general elections in February by the Radical Republican Party, but again was not chosen. On the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, later that year he was assassinated in Madrid on September 10, 1936.
- “La Marina en la Guerra Civil Española”, en La Marina, volumen 4, Barcelona, 1983, p. 713.
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