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Ignacio L. Vallarta

Ignacio Luis Vallarta Ogazón was born on August 25th, 1830, in Guadalajara.

He completed elementary school at the First Municipal School in Guadalajara. In 1843, he enrolled at the Conciliar Seminary, where he studied Latin and philosophy.

In 1850, he became a member of the "La Esperanza" Literary Society, and, in 1852, he joined "La Falange de Estudios". In 1854, he graduated from Law School, presenting his thesis titled: ”It is legal for children to criminally accuse their father".

As part of his profession, he defended the poor and the indigenous people. After Ayutla's Revolution, he started his career in public administration and politics.

In 1868, Vallarta was elected as secretary of State, three years later he was elected to be governor of Jalisco.

In regards to education, Vallarta opened the first school for the deaf in Jalisco and started the practical school for agriculture where the Zapopan Convent used to be.

In 1873, he instated mandatory elementary education in Jalisco, and established open classes for artisans to gain more specialized skills.

He developed several infrastructure improvements; one of them was the reconstruction of the Palacio de Gobierno (government building) which holds the House of Representatives inside.

He also facilitated the construction of Guadalajara's first tramways and introduced the telegraph.

When he completed his time as governor, Vallarta became secretary of state during Porfirio Diaz's first administration. Not long after, he became secretary of Foreign Affairs, and later, the President of Mexico's Supreme Court of Justice.

Vallarta died at the age of 63, and as a tribute to him, the state of Jalisco named it’s main port after him.

As well as one of the most important roads in Guadalajara, which goes through such iconic spots as the University of Guadalajara's Art Museum and Los Arcos Monument. Which represented the city's west entrance back in 1942.

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