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Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado (April 30, 1912 - December 15, 1995), Marquess of Gutiérrez Mellado, was a General and Government official, born in Madrid. Appointed Chief of Staff of the Spanish Army in June 1976, he served as Vice President of the Government (Vicepresidente primero del Gobierno , i.e., Deputy Prime Minister) of Spain from September 21, 1976 to February 26, 1981, holding the Defence portfolio from July 4, 1977. All this time the President of the Government (i.e., Prime Minister) was Adolfo Suárez.

During the failed Coup d'état on February 23rd 1981, he was one of only three members of the Spanish Congress of the Deputies (with Suarez and the Communist Santiago Carrillo) to physically confront the armed Guardia Civil troops led by Lieutenant Colonel Tejero.

Retired Captain-General Gutiérrez Mellado was killed at the age of 83 in a car crash on the highway from Madrid to Guadalajara. He was buried the next day in the Villaviciosa de Odón cemetery, the town he lived in for several years.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fernando de Santiago
as Vice President for Defence
(first in the succession line)
First Vice President of the Spanish Government
in the Suárez I and Suárez II cabinets
September 21, 1976 – February 26, 1981
Vacant
until December 1981
Title next held by
Rodolfo Martín Villa
Preceded by
Félix Álvarez-Arenas
as Minister of the Army
Spanish Minister of Defence
July 4, 1977 – February 26, 1981
Succeeded by
Agustín Rodríguez Sahagún
Preceded by
Pascual Pery
as Minister of the Navy
Preceded by
Carlos Franco
as Minister of the Air Forces

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