Martín Rodríguez (politician)

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Martín Rodríguez
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Governor of Buenos Aires Province
In office
September 20, 1820 – April 2, 1824
Preceded byManuel Dorrego
Succeeded byJuan Gregorio de Las Heras
Personal details
Born(1771-07-04)July 4, 1771
Buenos Aires
DiedMarch 5, 1845(1845-03-05) (aged 73)
Resting placeLa Recoleta Cemetery
Political partyPatriot, Unitarian
Spouse(s)Manuela Carrasco
Military service
AllegianceUnited Provinces of the Río de la Plata
RankCommander; Brigadier General
Battles/warsArgentine War of Independence

Martín Rodríguez (4 July 1771 – 5 March 1845) was an Argentine politician and soldier.


Born in Buenos Aires to Rufina and Fermín Rodríguez,[1] he inherited a ranch and managed the estate until 1806. He then took part in the resistance to the British invasions of the Río de la Plata, during the Napoleonic Wars and later played an important role in the events of the May Revolution of 1810. Upon the establishment of the First Junta which resulted, he was sent to the province of Entre Ríos to support the activities of Manuel Belgrano in the Paraguay campaign.[2] He married Manuela Carrasco in 1810, and they had 14 children.[1]

Later, as colonel of a unit of Hussars, Rodríguez organized the militias that menaced a political meeting in April 1811, in an attempt to support Cornelio Saavedra. As a result of this, Rodríguez was temporarily imprisoned in San Juan, Argentina. The following year Rodríguez intervened in the Battle of Salta. He was chief of the general staff of the Army of the North, and later acted as the president of Charcas. Rejoining the troops, he participated in the defeats of Venta and Media and in the Battle of Sipe-Sipe.[2]

Following months of political anarchy resulting from the collapse of the Argentine Constitution of 1819, Rodríguez was named Governor of Buenos Aires Province in September 1820. He appointed Bernardino Rivadavia as Minister of State and undertook a series reforms. He enacted land reform, promoting the use of fallow lands, limited the power of the Church, the police and of the military, restored relations with Northeastern Caudillo Estanislao López, and founded the city of Tandil, the nation's first Natural Sciences Museum the Bank of the Province of Buenos Aires and the University of Buenos Aires, among other public institutions.[2]

He was succeeded in his post in 1824 by Juan Gregorio de las Heras, and returned to military duty. Rodríguez took part in the suppression of indigenous raids, and headed the Observation Army during the Cisplatine War, from 1825 to 1827. Rodríguez returned to Buenos Aires, and later became an opponent of Governor Juan Manuel de Rosas, joining Unitarian League leader José María Paz in an 1841-42 rebellion against the Federalist regime. The uprising failed, however, and Rodríguez was exiled to Montevideo, Uruguay, where he died in 1845.[2]

He was interred in La Recoleta Cemetery. The city of General Rodríguez, west of Buenos Aires, was named in his honor upon its establishment in 1878.


  1. ^ a b "Brigadier General Martín Rodríguez Rodríguez". Genealogía Familiar.
  2. ^ a b c d Historical Dictionary of Argentina. Scarecrow Press. 1978. pp. 799–800.

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