Vicente Fidel López

Vicente Fidel López
Born (1815-04-24)April 24, 1815
Buenos Aires
Died August 30, 1903(1903-08-30) (aged 88)
Buenos Aires
Resting place La Recoleta Cemetery
Language Spanish
Nationality Argentine
Notable works Historia de la República Argentina
Relatives Vicente López y Planes

Vicente Fidel López (April 24, 1815 in Buenos Aires – August 30, 1903) was an Argentine historian, lawyer and politician. He was a son of writer and politician Vicente López y Planes.


He studied at the school of Moral Sciences with Diego Alcorta, and got a degree as lawyer in 1837. He was a founding member of the "Sociedad de estudios Históricos y Sociales" (the Society of Social and Historical Studies), the "Salón Literario" (Literary Salon) and the "Asociación de Mayo" (May Association). From 1840 to 1852 he stayed in Chile, as he opposed the government of Juan Manuel de Rosas. During this time, he worked with Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, with whom he founded a private school and published a book of Chilean History in 1845.

He returned to Argentina after the defeat of Rosas, being a minister of his father. In this time he published 2 historical novels, "La novia del hereje" and "La loca de la guardia". He left again to Montevideo publishing another pair of books. He was teacher of law, and discussed with Dalmasio Vélez Sársfield about the content and function of the civil code. Between 1876 and 1879 he was a national deputy, and minister of economy in 1891 under the presidency of Carlos Pellegrini. He was an active Freemason.[1] He contended with Bartolomé Mitre about the book Historia de Belgrano y de la Independencia Argentina, and later wrote his most important work, Historia de la República Argentina, in 10 issues (1883–1893). He died in his home city in 1903.



Gelman, Jorge; Raúl Fradkin (2010). Doscientos años pensando la Revolución de Mayo. Buenos Aires: Sudamericana. p. 158. ISBN 978-950-07-3179-9. 


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