Lorenzo Arrazola y García

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The Most Excellent
Lorenzo Arrazola
KOGF, OCIII
Retrato de Lorenzo Arrazola.jpg
Prime Minister of Spain
In office
17 January 1864 – 1 March 1864
Monarch Isabella II
Preceded by The Marquis of Miraflores
Succeeded by Alejandro Mon y Menéndez
Personal details
Born (1797-08-10)August 10, 1797
Checa, Guadalajara, Spain
Died February 23, 1873(1873-02-23) (aged 75)
Madrid, Spain
Political party Moderate Party
Spouse(s) Ana Micaela Guerrero
Alma mater University of Valladolid

D. Lorenzo Arrazola y García (Checa, Guadalajara, Spain, 10 August 1797 – Madrid, Spain, 23 February 1873) was a Spanish lawyer, politician and statesman best known for being Prime Minister of Spain , a six term Minister of Justice and two-time President of the Supreme Court.

Private Life[edit]

Although coming from humble origins, his father's family was once considered to be of noble issue. Not having the means to enjoy education, Lorenzo called in help from a maternal uncle who was a local dignitary to attend the San Mateo de Valderas Seminar in León, where he graduated in Philosophy and Theology.

After that, Arrazola obtained a doctorate in Civil Law at the University of Valladolid, where he is granted a Personal Chair in 1826. Having been rector of the university, he then transferred to the Complutense University of Madrid in 1845 to become Dean of its Faculty of Law.

Public Life[edit]

In 1837 Arrazola entered his first election, becoming a member of Spain's Congress of Deputies, a seat he held until February 1841. In December 1838 he started his first of six terms as Minister of Grace and Justice.

In thank for creating a new Criminal Code, Queen Isabella II made Arrazola a senator-for-life on December 23th, 1848.

He was confirmed as President of the Supreme Court in 1851, a position he held until 1853 and again between 1856 and 1864. Between these dates he functioned as Prosecutor-General.

Between 1864 and 1867 he is both Minister of Justice and Minister of Interior at interim.

Political offices
Preceded by
The Marquis of Miraflores
Prime Minister of Spain
17 January 1864 – 1 March 1864
Succeeded by
Alejandro Mon
Minister of State
17 January 1864 – 1 March 1864
Succeeded by
Joaquín Francisco Pacheco
Preceded by
Antonio de Benavides
Minister of State
Acting
8 June 1865 – 21 June 1865
Succeeded by
Manuel Bermúdez de Castro
Preceded by
Manuel Bermúdez de Castro
Minister of State
Acting
10 July 1866 – 13 July 1866
Succeeded by
Eusebio de Calonge
Preceded by
Alejandro de Castro
Minister of State
27 June 1867 – 23 April 1868
Succeeded by
The Marquis of Roncali