Efraín González Luna was born on October 18th 1898, in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco.
He completed his studies in his hometown and later moved to Jalisco's capital, where he graduated as a lawyer in 1920 at the Law Free School of the Royal and Literary University of Guadalajara, located where the Octavio Paz Ibero-American Library currently is, a building you can visit nearby.
From 1925 to 1935, he was a law professor at the University of Guadalajara.
He had several important positions as a lawyer; he was the legal representative of Jalisco's Fixed-Assets Bank and Mexico's National Bank in Guadalajara. He was also a consulting lawyer at the National Chamber of Commerce in Guadalajara as well as Guadalajara's archidiocese.
His passion for reading led him the be the first person in Mexico to translate Franz Kafka's book "Before the law" as well as James Joyce's novel "Ulysses".
In 1939, he met Manuel Gómez Morín, with whom he shared the dream of starting a new political party. So they began working on a project that ended up in the becoming the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) in 1940.
He was celebrated for the bills he promoted; one of them was the iniciative to create the Municipal Colaboration Council in Guadalajara in 1943.
Gónzalez Luna was a consultant for important politicians such as Jesús González Gallo, Agustín Yáñez, and Marcelino García Barragán.
In 1949, he promoted the iniciative to add a clause to Jalisco's first election law, where an ID with a photograph had to be presented as a requirement to vote.
His philosophhy and political influence made him PAN's first candidate to Mexico's presidency in 1952, with the motto "The people can lead to victory”. It was one of the most important events of his life.
Efraín González Luna, was an exemplary Mexican, who brought dignity and humanity to politics by defending human rights. He died on September 10th, 1964.
You can visit Casa González Luna, nowadays called Casa ITESO Clavigero. Where he lived with his family until the day he died. This estate was built by architect and honorable citizen of Jalisco, Luis Barragán.
Keep enjoying our historic center and learning about the legacy of the Honorable Citizens of Jalisco.