Ricardo Samper

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Ricardo Samper

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Prime Minister of Spain
In office
28 April 1934 – 4 October 1934
Preceded byAlejandro Lerroux
Succeeded byAlejandro Lerroux
Personal details
Born(1881-08-25)25 August 1881
Valencia, Spain
Died27 October 1938(1938-10-27) (aged 57)
Leysin, Switzerland
Political partyRadical Republican Party

Ricardo Samper Ibáñez (25 August 1881 – 27 October 1938) was a Spanish political figure during the Second Spanish Republic.

Political career[edit]

Samper served as Valencia mayor between 1920 and 1923. In 1931 he was elected as Member of the Parliament with Alejandro Lerroux's Radical Republican Party, he served first as Minister of Labor and later as Minister of Industry.

On 28 April 1934, he was appointed as the 127th President of the Government when Lerroux quit; as one of Lerroux's chief lieutenants, he was asked by Alcala Zamora to succeed Lerroux. He was also a follower of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, the novelist from the more liberal side of the party. Samper resigned the post in October, after losing CEDA's support amid the "Revolutionary Insurrection of 1934".

On 4 October, a new coalition was announced, and the "Socialist revolutionary committee" was announced, he served in the following government for one month, after which he quit politics.[1]

Samper left Spain at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and went into exile, he died of tubercolosis in Leysin, Switzerland. In 1951 his remains were transferred back to Spain.[2]


  1. ^ The collapse of the Spanish Republic, 1933-1936: origins of the Civil War By Stanley G. Payne, Yale 2006, 420 pages, page 50, pp 50-95
  2. ^ Javier Martínez. "Ricardo Samper 1881 – 1938, Político y abogado, de alcalde a Presidente del Gobierno". Las Provincias. Retrieved 2 January 2016.