Lluís Companys

Lluís Companys
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123rd[1] President of the Government of Catalonia
In office
25 December 1933 – 15 October 1940
(Acting until 1 January 1934
In exile from 23 January 1939 to 15 October 1940)
PresidentNiceto Alcalá-Zamora
Manuel Azaña
Preceded byFrancesc Macià
Succeeded byJosep Irla
4th Acting President of the Catalan Republic
In office
6 October 1934 – 7 October 1934
Preceded byFrancesc Macià
In 1931
Succeeded byHimself, as President of the Generalitat de Catalunya
1st President of the Parliament of Catalonia
In office
14 December 1932 – 20 June 1933
Preceded byNew title
Succeeded byJoan Casanovas i Maristany
Minister of the Marine of Spain
In office
20 June 1933 – 12 September 1933
Preceded byJosé Giral
Succeeded byVicente Iranzo Enguita
Personal details
Born(1882-06-21)June 21, 1882
El Tarròs, Urgell, Catalonia, Spain
DiedOctober 15, 1940(1940-10-15) (aged 58)
Montjuïc, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Political partyERC
Spouse(s)Mercè Micó (div.)
Carme Ballester
ChildrenLluís (1911–1956)

Lluís Companys i Jover (Catalan pronunciation: [ʎuˈis kumˈpaɲs]; June 21, 1882 – October 15, 1940) was a Catalan politician. He was the President of Catalonia (Spain), from 1934 and during the Spanish Civil War.

He was a lawyer and leader of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) political party. Exiled after the war, he was captured and handed over by the Nazi secret police, the Gestapo, to the Spanish State of Francisco Franco, who had him executed by firing squad in 1940.

Early life

Born in El Tarròs, on June 21, 1882 into a peasant family with aristocratic roots, he was the second child of ten. His parents were Josep Companys and Maria Lluïsa de Jover.[2] His parents sent him to Barcelona in order to study at the boarding school of Liceu Poliglot. Later, after obtaining his degree in law from the University of Barcelona, where he met Francesc Layret, Companys participated in the political life of Catalonia from a young age. In 1906, as a result of the military attack on the offices of Catalan newspapers Cu-Cut! and La Veu de Catalunya, and after the passing of the Ley de Jurisdicciones ("Law of Jurisdictions"), which made speech against Spain and its symbols a criminal offence, he participated in the creation of Solidaritat Catalana.

Later, he became affiliated with the ephemeral Unió Federal Nacionalista Republicana, where he was president of the youth section. He was investigated for his intense youth activities and was jailed fifteen times, being classified after the Tragic Week of Barcelona as a "dangerous individual" in police records.

With Francesc Layret, Companys represented the left-wing labour faction of the Partit Republicà Català (Catalan Republican Party), for which he was elected local councilor of Barcelona in 1916. In November 1920, he was arrested together with Salvador Seguí (known as El Noi del Sucre), Martí Barrera and other trade unionists and he was deported to the Castell de la Mola in Mahón, Menorca. Shortly afterward, Layret was assassinated while preparing his defence.

Despite having been deported, Companys was elected member of parliament for Sabadell in the 1920 Spanish legislative elections, taking the place of Layret, who would have taken that seat had he not been assassinated. This gave him parliamentary immunity, which secured his release from prison.

Companys was one of the founders of the Unió de Rabassaires in 1922, where he worked as lawyer and director of the La Terra magazine during the years of the Primo de Rivera regime in the 1920s .

Detained again, he was unable to attend the Conferència d'Esquerres (Conference of Leftists) held from March 12 to 19, 1931 that produced the political party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC, Republican Left of Catalonia); however, he was elected as an executive member of that party, representing the Partit Republicà Català. Thanks to the bonds between the Spanish labour movement and the Spanish trade union movement, the election of Companys to this position gave the ERC great prestige amongst left-wing public opinion as it would otherwise have been regarded as a party of the progressive petty bourgeoisie.

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