Francisco Javier Castaños, 1st Duke of Bailén
Francisco Javier Castaños y Aragorri, 1st Duke of Bailén (22 April 1758 – 24 September 1852), was a Spanish general during the Napoleonic Wars. He was the 1st President of the Senate of Spain between July and September 1834.
The Duke of Bailén
|President of the Council of Regency|
1 February 1810 – 29 May 1810
|President of the Estamento of Próceres|
|Assumed office |
10 April 1834 – 12 July 1835
|Succeeded by||The Duke of Ahumada|
Francisco Javier Castaños y Urioste
22 April 1758
|Died||22 April 1852 (aged 93)|
Castaños is remembered for his victory over the French under Dupont, whom he surrounded and compelled to surrender at the decisive Battle of Bailen in 1808, being on that moment in command of the "Army of the South", the biggest Spanish military unit during the Napoleonic War. Though just months later lead his army to a decisive defeat at the Battle of Tudela. After this he served under Wellington in several engagements, and was commander of the Spanish army, if required, to invade France in 1815. A recent historian asserts that evidence suggests Castaños may have played a crucial role in the Allied army's success at the Battle of Albuera.
Castaños died at Madrid in 1852.
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