Bernardino de la Trinidad Gonzalez Rivadavia y Rivadavia was the first president of Argentina, from February 8, 1826 to July 7, 1827.
Rivadavia was born in Buenos Aires in 1780. In 1809 he married with Juana del Pino y Vera, daughter of the viceroy of the Rio de la Plata, Joaquin del Pino.
Rivadavia was active in both the Argentine resistance to the British invasion of 1806 and in the May Revolution movement for Argentine Independence in 1810. In 1811, Rivadavia became the dominating member of the governing triumvirate as Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of War. Until its fall in October 1812, this government focused on creating a strong central government, moderating relations with Spain, and organizing an army.
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