Joseph Blás de Gainza

Joseph Blás de Gainza (c.1725-1790s) was a Spanish merchant, military man and politician, who served as mayor of Buenos Aires.[1]

Joseph Blás de Gainza
Alcalde of Buenos Aires
In office
1763–1764
MonarchCharles III of Spain
Preceded byMiguel de Zubiria
Succeeded byJuan Miguel de Esparza
Personal details
Bornc.1725
Gipuzkoa, San Sebastián, Spain
Died1790s
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spouse(s)María Teresa de Eguía
OccupationPolitician
Professionattorney
military
Military service
AllegianceFlag of New Spain.svg Spanish Empire
Branch/serviceSpanish Army
RankCaptain

BiographyEdit

Gainza was born in Gipuzkoa, Spain, the son of Pedro de Gainza and Teresa de Leyza. He was married to María Teresa de Eguía y San Martín, daughter of Juan de Eguía, born in Navarra, and Jerónima Isabel de San Martín, belonging to an illustrious family of Buenos Aires.[2]

Joseph Blás de Gainza was consul of the Commerce Consulate of Buenos Aires,[3] and served as alcalde of first vote of the city on two occasions. His first term was in 1763, and the second in 1779 during the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata. He was also acting mayor in substitution of Manuel Antonio Warnes.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ IX Congreso del Instituto Internacional de Historia del Derecho Indiano, Editorial de la Universidad Complutense, 1991, ISBN 9788474913262
  2. ^ Los pobladores de Buenos Aires y su descendencia, Hialmar Edmundo Gammalsson, 1980
  3. ^ El Consulado de Buenos Aires y sus proyecciones en la historia del Río de la Plata, Germán O. E. Tjarks, 1962
  4. ^ Registro estadístico de la provincia de Buenos Aires, Partes1-2, Buenos Aires Province, 1860