Gervasio Antonio de Posadas, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Gervasio Antonio de Posadas

Argentine politician

Date of Birth: 18-Jun-1757

Place of Birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date of Death: 02-Jul-1833

Profession: lawyer, politician

Nationality: Spain

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Gervasio Antonio de Posadas

  • Gervasio Antonio de Posadas y Dávila (18 June 1757, in Buenos Aires – 2 July 1833, in Buenos Aires) was a member of Argentina's Second Triumvirate from 19 August 1813 to 31 January 1814, after which he served as Supreme Director until 9 January 1815. Posadas' early studies were at the convent of San Francisco.
  • Then he studied and practiced law with Manuel José de Labardén.
  • In 1789 Posadas was appointed notary general for the bishopric, and held that post until the events of the May Revolution.
  • He was unaware of the impending revolution and was caught by surprise when the Buenos Aires Cabildo (town hall) was occupied on 25 May 1810; he did not agree that it had been legitimately done.
  • His donations to the Sociedad Patriótica made him an associate of the Saavedrist faction, so the leaders of the riots of 5 April 1811 exiled him to Mendoza.
  • A month later he was appointed solicitor-procurator for the City of Buenos aires. Like many other nineteenth century Argentines prominent in public life, Posadas was a freemason.The Second Triumvirate commissioned Posadas, Nicolás Rodríguez Peña and Juan Larrea to draft a Constitution for consideration by the Asamblea del Año XIII, then he became part of the Triumvirate when the Assembly granted Executive Power to the Triumvirate.
  • Then on 22 January 1814 the same Assembly decided to concentrate the Executive Power in him as a Supreme Director for the United Provinces, and so he took that office for a one-year period.
  • During his rule, Saavedra and Campana were exiled, Montevideo fell to the United Provinces but serious problems arose with José Gervasio Artigas and the Liga Federal on the Banda Oriental.
  • Moreover, Ferdinand VII of Spain regained his throne in 1815. Posadas was succeeded in office by his nephew, Carlos María de Alvear, who was removed soon afterwards by a military coup d'état.
  • By August 1815 the whole Alvearista faction was in disgrace and Posadas was jailed.
  • The former Supreme Director spent the next six years in 22 different jails.
  • He began writing his memoirs in 1829.

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