Pascual Madoz

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Pascual Madoz

Pascual Madoz Ibáñez (May 7, 1806 – December 13, 1870), Spanish politician, statistician, was born at Pamplona.


In early life Madoz was settled in Barcelona, as a writer and journalist. He envisioned the construction of the Vielha tunnel. He joined the Progresista party formed during the First Carlist War, 1833-40. He saw some service against the Carlists; was elected deputy to the Cortes of 1836; took part for Baldomero Espartero, Count of Luchana, and then against him; was imprisoned in 1843; went into exile and returned; was governor of Barcelona in 1854, and minister of finance in 1855; had a large share in secularizing the Church lands; and after the revolution of 1868 was governor of Madrid. He had, however, no great influence as a leader and soon went abroad, dying at Genoa in 1870.[1]

Madoz was distinguished from most of the politicians of his generation by the fact that in middle life he compiled what is still a book of value a geographical, statistical and historical dictionary of Spain and its possessions overseas, Diccionario geográfico, estadístico y histórico de España, y sus posesiones de Ultramar (Madrid, 1848-1850).[1]


In Pamplona there is a street, |Calle de Pascual Madoz, named in his honor.


  1. ^ a b Chisholm 1911, p. 288.