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Rouphos was born in [[Patra]] in [], a scion of the wealthy Rouphos-Kanakaris family. He was the son of [[Athanasios Kanakaris]] who fought during the Greek [[War of Independence]].
During the rule of [[Ioannis Kapodistrias]], Rouphos became governor of [[Elia]]. Later he would also serve as Foreign Minister.
In [], Rouphos was elected Mayor of Patra, a post he held for three years. When [[King Otto]] of [[Greece]] was exiled in [], Rouphos became one of three viceroys - along with [[Konstantinos Kanaris]] and [[Dimitrios Voulgaris]] - that held power from [[October 10]], [] until [[October 19]], [].