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Biography of Demetrio O'Daly (1780-1837)

Military Spanish of Puerto Rican origin, born in San Juan of Puerto Rico in 1780 and died in the same city in 1837, fought in the Spanish war of independence, supported the liberal irrigation uprising and was representative of Puerto Rico in the Spanish courts.

Born in a family of Irish arrived in the island at the end of the 18th century, was the son of a Colonel in the Spanish army, Tomás O'Daly, engineers and a Spanish surname of la Puente. He was sent to Spain to carry out his military career and joined national forces which rose in arms against the French invaders in 1808. After the return to Spain of Fernando VII as absolutist King, O'Daly, who already had meaning for professing the liberal ideology, one of the military was more active in the Organization of the movement of Masonic Lodges - institution that brought together supporters of the Constitution of 1812 - and together with Colonel Antonio Quiroga led one of the most important, established in Cadiz.

O'Daly participated in the ruling liberal watering in January 1820 and 1822, as general commander of the garrison of Madrid, swore to the Constitution before their troops, who harangued in a fiery speech with these words: "(...) the Constitution is my idol. In his defense, would perish thousand times, if had a thousand lives (...) "." He was first Deputy of Puerto Rico in the new Spanish courts and in the short time that served as the charge was as a moderate liberal, defender of the commercial interests of the Creoles and supporter of giving the island a status as a Spanish province more. His greatest achievement was to get greater powers for the civilian Governor of Puerto Rico and its total separation from the military Government. In 1823 he was forced to flee to England because of the absolutist restoration; pursued and not just economic resources, he was banished to American soil, on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, where he became teaching. In 1834 he benefited from the amnesty granted to the military of the liberal triennium and he could return to his native island, which died a few years later.