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Miguel Juárez Celman

In office
October 12, 1886 – August 6, 1890
Vice President Carlos Pellegrini
Preceded by Julio A. Roca
Succeeded by Carlos Pellegrini

Born September 29, 1844
Died April 14, 1909 (aged 64)
Nationality Argentine
Political party National Autonomist Party
Spouse(s) Elisa Funes
Children Miguel Juárez, Jr
Clara Juárez
Elisa Juárez
Profession Lawyer

Miguel Juárez Celman (Córdoba, September 29, 1844 - Arrecifes, April 14, 1909) was President of Argentina from 12 October 1886 to 6 August 1890. A lawyer and politician, his career was defined by the influence of his kinsman, Julio Argentino Roca, whom propelled him into a legislative career. He was a staunch promoter of separation of church and state and an aristocratic liberal.

As president of Argentina, he promoted public works, but was not capable of maintaining economic stability and had to contend with the powerful opposition of the Civic Union Party, and his leader Leandro N. Alem. After the Revolución del Parque even though having defeated the uprising, he was forced to resign and retired from political life.



Juárez Celman was born and raised in Córdoba, where he studied under the Jesuits at the Colegio de Montserrat. He studied Law, becoming a lawyer in 1869. Thanks to his family connections, he came from an aristocratic family, he entered political life early. He was elected Representative just after obtaining his doctorate and from the provincial parliament he headed the movement to promote the secularization of education. Two years later he was elected to the Senate of Argentina and in 1877 became its president. He spent little time as president as after the death of Governor Climaco de la Peña, the new Government of Antonio Del Viso nominated him as Government Minister. His energetic work earned him the nomination and election as Governor of Córdoba on May 17, 1880


He was Governor-elect when there was an insurrection in Buenos Aires, led by Carlos Tejedor and Lisandro Olmos, opposed to the federalization of Buenos Aires. The federalization succeeded in 1880 and was followed by the establishment of state elementary education in the capital[1] during the presidency of Julio A. Roca.


Having become a national Senator in 1883 and becoming close to President Roca, he obtained his support in his bid to become candidate for president for the National Autonomist Party (PAN). He won the 1886 national election, not without accusations of fraud, which was not uncommon in the PAN. His Vice-President was Carlos Pellegrini, ex-War Minister under Roca, who had supported his candidacy from the pages of the Sud América newspaper.

Most observers expected Juárez Celman's administration to be a continuation of Roca's with the retired president managing from behind the scenes, but in a display of independence, he took control of the PAN with in a more authoritative form becoming what his opponents dubbed the unicato (one-man rule)[2]. This, combined with economic regression, led to the formation of the Civic Union, an opposition group that was later split into the National Civic Union and the Radical Civic Union, the latter being still important in Argentinian politics. In 1890, a revolution forced Celman to resign, and Vice-President Carlos Pellegrini, succeeded him.[3]

Preceded by
Julio Argentino Roca
President of Argentina
Succeeded by
Carlos Pellegrini
Preceded by
Antonio del Viso
Governor of Córdoba
Succeeded by
Gregorio Gavier


  1. ^ Argentina 11516-1987 by David Rock - Chapter IV
  2. ^ Argentina 11516-1987 by David Rock - Chapter IV
  3. ^ La revolución argentina del '90 by Luis V. Somni


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