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Monday, January 12, 2009

Happy 200th Birthday, Leopoldo O'Donnell

Don Leopoldo O'Donnell y Jorris, Count of Lucena, 1st Duke of Tetuan (1809-1867), was Prime Minister of Spain for three separate periods between 1856 and 1866 and fought for Isabela II in the Carlist Wars.

Of Irish ancestry, a descendant of Calvagh O'Donnell, chieftain of Tyrconnel, he was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on 12 January 1809.