Biography of Francisco Aranda

Politician and legislator Venezuelan, born in Caracas on 18 may 1798 and died in the same city on October 26, 1873.

He was a precocious child who was studying latin at age 6 and 10 received a literary award from the University of Caracas. In 1816 was the main Caracas accounting officer. Three years later he graduated in civil law.

He joined from the very beginning the struggle for independence, mediating in disputes between Simón Bolívar and Francisco de Paula Santander, as it tried in vain to keep together Gran Colombia.

In may 1821, when the general José Francisco Bermúdez released Caracas, Aranda was one of the combatants of the general, against the realistic forces of Colonel Pereira
. After the battle of Carabobo of 1821 was appointed Auditor of Navy and Advisor of the quartermaster of the Department of Venezuela; In addition, tasked the editor of the newspaper the Iris of Venezuela.

Later he was Advisor to the Department of Maturin. In 1828 he was elected by the Convention of Ocaña, since he defended the figure of Simón Bolívar. In 1830, as a Deputy of the province of Caracas, he took part in the Constituent Congress in Bogota.

After the dissolution of Gran Colombia in 1830, Aranda returned to Venezuela and withdrew from political life. He devoted himself to exercise his profession as a lawyer, until in 1834 he was elected again MP for Caracas to represent it at the Congress of Venezuela. He held this position until 1845. In 1836 he was President of the Chamber of representatives; between 1835 and 1836 he participated prominently in the Commission staff writer of the code of Judicial procedure.

In 1842, under t
he Presidency of José Antonio Páez, was appointed Minister of finance and Foreign Affairs; He remained in the same position when Carlos Soublette reached the Presidency the following year. In 1844 he opted to Vice President supported by the Liberal Party.

Between 1844 and 1845 he drafted a project for Instituto de crédito Territorial with the idea of promoting agricultural activities in the country, but it was rejected by the President. Member of the Senate between 1847 and 1851, reached the Presidency of it in 1851. That same year, following the rise to power of José Gregorio Monagas, he held the Ministry of Interior and justice; He repeated in this position with the Presidency of José Tadeo.

In 1855 he was Minister Plenipotentiary to the Government of Washington. I
n 1856, back in Venezuela, took over from the Ministry of Interior. In 1858 again withdrew from politics, but returned the following year as Minister of State in the Government of Julián Castro. From 1862 he was a member of the reviewing Committee on codes.