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Raul Hector Castro (12 June 1916-10 April 2015) was Governor of Arizona (D) from 6 January 1975 to 20 October 1977, succeeding Jack Richard Williams and preceding Wesley Bolin.


Raul Hector Castro was born in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico in 1916, and he lived in Mexico in 1926, when he migrated to the United States with his family, settling in Douglas, Arizona. He worked as a US Department of State as a foreign service clerk in Sonora, and he served as deputy county attorney for Pima County until he was elected county attorney in 1954, and he became a Pima County Superior Court judge in 1958. From 1964 to 1968, he served as Lyndon B. Johnson's ambassador to El Salvador, and he also served as ambassador to Bolivia from 1968 to 1969. He launched a failed gubernatorial bid in 1970, and he ran again in 1974. He became the first Hispanic state governor since 1918 (along with Jerry Apodaca, elected the same year), but he left office two years later when he was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to serve as ambassador to Argentina, serving until 1980. He died in San Diego, California in 2015 at the age of 98.