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Raul H. Castro

Gov. Raul H. Castro

  • January 6, 1975 - October 20, 1977
  • Democrat
  • June 12, 1916
  • April 10, 2015
  • Other
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Married, two children
  • Resigned
  • Ambassador


RAUL H. CASTRO was born June 12, 1916, in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico. Early in his life, the family moved to the United States, settling in Pirtleville, near Douglas, Arizona. Castro became a naturalized American citizen in 1939. He received a B.A. degree (teaching) from Northern Arizona University in 1939, served as an official with the U.S. Foreign Service in the 1940s and earned a J.D. degree from the University of Arizona in 1949. After graduation, he practiced law for five years. From 1955 to 1959, Castro was Pima County attorney. From 1959 to 1964, he served as a judge of the Pima County Superior Court. President Johnson appointed Castro as U.S. ambassador to El Salvador from 1964 to 1968, and he served as ambassador to Bolivia from 1968 to 1969. He made history in 1974, when he won election as governor, becoming the first Mexican-American to be elected Governor of Arizona. After completing two years of his four-year term as governor, Castro was tapped by President Jimmy Carter to be ambassador to Argentina from 1977 to 1980.


Gov. Raul H. Castro webpage by Jeffrey Scott

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