Serrano y Domínguez, Francisco
Serrano y Domínguez, Francisco fränthēs´kō sārä´nō ē dōmēng´gāth [key], 1810–85, Spanish general and statesman. In 1834–39 he distinguished himself in the war against the Carlists. He at first supported Espartero but later worked for his overthrow (1843). His services as captain general of Cuba (1859–63) earned him the titles of duque de La Torre and grandee of Spain. After the death of his friend Leopoldo O'Donnell (1867), he led the Liberal Union party. He participated with Juan Prim in the overthrow (1868) of Isabella and was named regent by the constituent assembly. Serrano was premier (1870–71) under King Amadeus, and after the latter's abdication (1873) he opposed the newly established republic. In 1874 a military coup placed him at the head of the provisional government. Serrano was excluded from office when Alfonso XII was restored (1875) to the Spanish throne.
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