Biography of Rafael Alvarado Manzano

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He was born in Tegucigalpa (1836), m. in 1923. Lawyer, he graduated from the National University in 1862; the following year he was appointed Secretary of that educational institution. From 1876 to 1880 he served as Judge of First Instance of the Department of Tegucigalpa; He deputy and Magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice between 1880 to 1883.

When Marco Aurelio Soto deposited the Presidency in 1883, he became a member of the Council of Ministers. During the Administration of Luis Bográn (1883-1891), he served as Minister of Justice, Public Instruction and War. From 1882 to 1888 he was Vice-Rector of the University, taking possession of the Rectory in January 1892, a position he held until 1900.

In 1905 and 1906 he was Dean of the Faculty of Jurisprudence. He drafted, together with Carlos Alberto Uclés and Trinidad Ferrari, the Law of Organization and Powers of the Courts and that of Governors and Municipalities. In 1906 he was part of the Commission that drew up the codification that is almost entirely still in force. He was a teacher for more than forty years at all three levels of teaching. In 1913 the Congress declared him Meritorious of the Central University.

Esteban Guardiola said of him: «He had a great fondness for the study of Philosophy and came to acquire true mastery in the various treatises that make up this important subject. He knew in depth all the schools and systems and professed the most advanced theories… Wrote the most advanced theories. Little … apart from the luminous rulings that he wrote when he was Judge or Magistrate rapporteur in the Courts, we can cite some speeches, speeches and memoirs, his magisterial comments on the National Civil Code … he protected the youth, making them easier in their studies and resolving your requests favorably.

In the opinion of Paulino Valladares, «his reputation as a lawyer is universally recognized and praised. Little broad in the development of theories, he kept the student tied to the text … attentive and reserved observer, he knows national psychology well and sees events slide by. with the serenity of someone who for sixty years has contemplated, on the historical sheet, the repetition that Honduras makes of itself. «