The Most Excellent
|Prime Minister of Spain|
3 July 1976 – 25 February 1981
|Monarch||Juan Carlos I|
|Deputy||Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado|
|Preceded by||Fernando de Santiago y Díaz|
|Succeeded by||Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo|
|Member of the Congress of Deputies|
28 October 1982 – 26 May 1991
Adolfo Suárez González
25 September 1932
Cebreros, Castile and León, Spain
|Died||23 March 2014 (aged 81)|
|Resting place||Ávila Cathedral|
|FET y de las JONS ([alange) (1961-1975)|
María Amparo Illana Elórtegui (m. 1961–2001)(her death)
|Children||María Amparo (1962–2004)|
Adolfo (b. 1964)
Sonsoles (b. 1967)
|Alma mater||University of Salamanca|
Adolfo Suárez González, 1st Duke of Suárez, Grandee of Spain (25 September 1932 – 23 March 2014) was a Spanish lawyer and politician. Suárez was Spain's first democratically elected prime minister after the dictator of Franco.
Suárez was born in Cebreros, Spain.
During his term as Prime Minister, Suárez was the key figure in the country's change to democracy. He led and founded some democratic political parties in Spain. He created the Political Reform of Spain in 1976 which helped Spain to become a democratic country.
Early life[change | change source]
Suárez was born in Cebreros, Spain. His parents were Hipólito Suárez Guerra and Herminia González Prados. He studied at the University of Salamanca. Suárez married María Amparo Illana Elórtegui in 1961.
Political career[change | change source]
In late July of 1977, Suárez became a member of the Congress of Deputies for Madrid. He was a member until he retired from politics in 1991.
In 1977, Spain had its first free elections in 41 years. Suárez was elected Prime Minister. He and the people working with him won the 1979 elections under the new constitution. He resigned as Prime Minister on 29 January 1981.
In 1981, King Juan Carlos of Spain gave Suárez the hereditary title of "Duque de Suárez" (Duke of Suárez). He also received the title Grande de España (English: Grandee of Spain) because of his role in the change to democracy.
Personal life[change | change source]
Health and death[change | change source]
On 31 May 2005, Suárez's son, Adolfo Suárez Illana, announced on Spanish television that his father was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Suárez died from a respiratory infection in Madrid, aged 81.
Funeral[change | change source]
Suárez was granted a state funeral. His small memorial service was held on March 26 at the Ávila Cathedral. Many politicians attended including all former living Spanish Prime Ministers. His state funeral was held on 31 March 2014. He was buried at the Ávila Cathedral.
Legacy[change | change source]
Honorary titles[change | change source]
- Mr. Adolfo Suárez (1932–1976).
- The Most Excellent Adolfo Suárez, Prime Minister of Spain (1976–1981).
- The Most Excellent The Duke of Suárez, Grandee of Spain (1981–2007).
- The Most Excellent The Duke of Suárez, Grandee of Spain, Order of the Golden Fleece (2007–2014).
Some honors or awards[change | change source]
- Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit (18 July 1969).
- Gold Medal of Segovia (17 November 1969).
- Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X, the Wise (1 April 1970).
- Gold Medal of Ávila (12 February 1981).
- Adopted Son of Ávila (12 February 1981).
- Gold Medal of Madrid (30 November 1995).
- Prince of Asturias Concord Award (13 September 1996).
- Coexistence Award of Ceuta (30 April 1999).
- Gold Medal of Castilla y León (22 March 1997).
- Medal of Honor of Madrid (15 May 2011).
Related pages[change | change source]
Further reading[change | change source]
- Medalla de Oro de la provincia de Segovia concedida a su Alteza Real Don Juan de Borbón y Battenberg (1991). Segovia. Provincial Council of Segovia. ISBN 84-86789-35-4.
References[change | change source]
- "Adolfo Suárez Dies at 81; Led Spain Back to Democracy". New York Times.com. March 23, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
- Roberts, Geoffrey K.; Hogwood, Patricia (2003), The Politics Today companion to West European politics, Manchester University Press, p. 137
- "Adolfo Suarez dies, steered Spain out of post-Franco turmoil". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
- "More than 30,000 people turn out to say farewell to Adolfo Suárez". EL Pais.com. Archived from the original on July 18, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
- "President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Kingdom of Spain to attend the State Funeral for former President Adolfo Suarez Gonzalez". White House.gov. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
- "El aeropuerto de Madrid se llama desde hoy Adolfo Suárez". El Mundo.es.com. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
- Spanish: Boletín Oficial del Estado 69-07-18, Spanish Official Journal (accessed on December 23, 2011)
- Spanish: Boletín Oficial del Estado 71-04-05, Spanish Official Journal (accessed on December 23, 2011)
- Adolfo Suárez, Medalla de Oro de Ávila, e Hijo Adoptivo de dicha ciudad
- Medalla de Oro de Madrid para Adolfo Suárez, Teresa Berganza, Pedro Laín Entralgo y Joaquín Garrigues
- Concesión de la Medalla de Oro de Madrid para Adolfo Suárez
- Concesión Príncipe de Asturias a Don Adolfo Suárez González. Hemeroteca El País
- Con Adolfo Suárez se va el primer galardonado por la Fundación Premio Convivencia
- Suárez, González y Roca hablarán de "España desde la Constitución". Hemeroteca El País. Consultado el 24 de marzo de 2014.
- Adolfo Suárez, profeta en su tierra
- Medalla de Honor de Madrid para Suárez, y de Oro para González y Aznar
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Adolfo Suárez.|
- Biography by CIDOB (in Spanish)
- Tribute to Adolfo Suárez: Guestbook Archived 2017-09-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Spain's first post-Franco PM, Adolfo Suarez, dies at 81