Argentine lawyer and politician, 1842-1896, founder of what later became the Unión Cívica Radical.
Fishburn and Hughes: "An eminent political figure in Argentina, leader of the 1880s reform movement against the power and corruption of the ruling oligarchy, and founder of what was to become the Radical Party. The party was formed largely by the sons of immigrants and supported by the rising middle classes. Its aim was to achieve greater participation in government, which represented solely the interests of the landowning families. One of the main aims of the Radicals was to establish popular suffrage, free from government corruption. Alem was the political and intellectual mentor of the young Radicals." (6)