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Military and Spanish politician, born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on January 12, 1809 and died at Biarritz on November 5, 1867. Son of the general Enrique O'Donnell, Duke of la Bisbal. He/She belonged to a family of Irish origin migrated to Spain during the revolution of Cromwell.
He made his career military during the Carlist war fighting in the Elizabethan, while several members of his family did in the Carlist. In 1833 he/she was Captain, 1836 Colonel and brigadier; field marshal in 1837 (year in which also married Manuela Barges and Petre) and lieutenant general in 1839, when he/she was awarded also the Grand Cross of San Fernando. Between 1839 and 1840 he/she served as Commander in Chief of the army's operations center and is thought of as one of the possible alternatives to Espartero. Thus, on October 2, 1841 revolted it the fortress of Pamplona against the Regent; He/She bombarded the city and did not hesitate to summon the agreed upon Vergara (see Convention of Vergara) to resume the civil war against the ruling. Once defeated the movement, was one of those who were unable to flee to France, where it returned in 1843 to be appointed on 31 June captain general of Cuba, where it remained until February 1848. On October 8, 1850 he/she was Director general of infantry.
Considered to be neglected in the distribution of the perquisites of the railways, originate in 1854 Vicalvarada, who reluctantly became revolution of 1854. He/She was Minister of Guerra between 1854 and 1856, who combined with the Deputy for Valencia in the Constituyentes. It was Prime Minister as soon as he/she managed to displace Espartero (July 14 - October 12, 1856) and again between June 30, 1858 and March 2, 1863. This was the period of rule of the Liberal Union, period characterized primarily by political stability achieved as a result of the economic boom and the freedom with which was left to act the constitutional opposition. Between 1859 and 1860 in addition a campaign took place in Africa that earned him, on the one hand, to be the subject of an assassination attempt on December 6, 1860, and by another, some standing, the happiness of the people and the army, and the title of Duke of Tetuan. However, narrow reformism of the Liberal Union led in the long run its disintegration and the subsequent fall of O'Donnell, who ceased to be a Minister in July 1866 and moved to Biarritz, where surprised by the death in November of the same year.