• Born date: 1766-01-06
  • Born in: Paraguay
  • Death date: 1840-09-20
  • Death in: Paraguay
José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia

Dr. José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia y Velasco (January 6, 1766 – September 20, 1840) was a Paraguayan lawyer and politician, and one of the first leaders of Paraguay following its independence from Spain.Originally a professor of philosophy, he entered the cabildo of Asunción while working as a lawyer and rose to become the head of the cabildo.