Happy Birthday, Tucson! Raul Castro: Arizona Governor, U.S. Ambassador

The founding of Tucson, opens a new window has been declared to be August 20, 1775 with the establishment of El Presidio de San Augustín de Tucson, opens a new window. The Perspectives of the Past Oral History Project, opens a new window lets us hear about the way life has been lived in Tucson through the words of those who lived it.

Former Arizona Governor Raul Castro was no stranger to persistence and hard work. It took both qualities to overcome the obstacles he faced to gain an education, then to launch his career in law and politics. Add to that his confidence that he knew what the people of Arizona needed. Castro became Arizona's first, and to this point only, Latino governor.

In his interview, opens a new window, the former Governor talks about those early years in Tucson, his run for governor, and his time as Ambassador to Bolivia. Raul Castro passed away, at the age of 98, on April 10, 2015.

Listen to former Arizona Governor Raul Castro's interview., opens a new window

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