Irigoyen, Jose (unknown–unknown)

By: Robert Bruce Blake

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: April 4, 2019

José Irigoyen was appointed Spanish governor of Texas but never arrived to claim his office. On August 5, 1797, Pedro de Nava told Manuel Muñoz of the appointment and instructed Muñoz to deliver the company and archives of Bexar to the new governor when he should arrive from Spain. In August 1799, after Muñoz's death, Nava appointed Juan Bautista de Elguézabal as governor ad interim until Irigoyen's arrival; Elguézabal served as governor until his death in 1805. The Bexar Archives do not reveal why Irigoyen failed to assume his office.

Bexar Archives, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Carlos E. Castañeda, Our Catholic Heritage in Texas (7 vols., Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1936–1958; rpt., New York: Arno, 1976).

Time Periods:
  • Spanish Texas

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Robert Bruce Blake, “Irigoyen, Jose,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 29, 2022,

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April 4, 2019

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