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João Chagas

João Chagas
56th Prime Minister of Portugal
(2nd of the Republic)
In office
3 September 1911 – 12 November 1911
President Manuel de Arriaga
Preceded by António Teixeira de Sousa (effective)
Teófilo Braga (as President of the Provisional Government)
Succeeded by Augusto de Vasconcelos
Minister for Internal Affairs
In office
3 September 1911 – 12 November 1911
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by António José de Almeida
Succeeded by Silvestre Falcão
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
3 September 1911 – 12 October 1911
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by Bernardino Machado
Succeeded by Augusto de Vasconcelos
Prime Minister of Portugal
(did not take office)
In office
15 May 1915 – 17 May 1915
President Manuel de Arriaga
Preceded by Joaquim Pimenta de Castro (effective)
Constitutional Junta composed of:
José Norton de Matos
António Maria da Silva
José de Freitas Ribeiro
Alfredo de Sá Cardoso
Álvaro de Castro
Succeeded by José de Castro
Minister for Internal Affairs
In office
15 May 1915 – 17 May 1915
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by Pedro Gomes Teixera
Succeeded by José de Castro
Personal details
Born (1863-09-01)1 September 1863
Rio de Janeiro, Empire of Brazil
Died 28 May 1925(1925-05-28) (aged 61)
Estoril, Portugal
Political party Portuguese Republican Party
(later Independent)
Occupation Diplomat,
journalist,
newspaper editor,
literary critic
and writer

João Pinheiro Chagas (1 September 1863 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 28 May 1925 in Estoril; Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈɐ̃w̃ piˈɲɐjɾu ˈʃaɡɐʃ]) was a Portuguese journalist and politician. He was born in Brazil, of Portuguese parents who soon moved back to Portugal. He was an editor at the newspapers O Primeiro de Janeiro, Correio do Norte, O Tempo and O Dia. After becoming a republican, he also founded the República Portuguesa and was the director of O País (1898).

Fierce republican

The monarchist government's reaction to the British ultimatum of January 1890 that forced Portugal to renounce its extravagant claims to the territories that lay between Portuguese Angola and Portuguese Mozambique, made him a fierce republican and one of Portugal's most fervent anti-monarchy journalists and propagandists.

Political career

After the proclamation of the republic, on 5 October 1910, he was appointed minister in Paris, and, the following year, after the end of the term of the provisional government, he was chosen to lead the first constitutional government of the Portuguese First Republic. It was in power for only two months, from 4 September to 13 November 1911. This was a sad prelude to the political instability of the First Republic. On 17 May 1915, he was again appointed President of the Ministry (Prime Minister), but he didn't take office. He remained a diplomat until his retirement in 1923.

Preceded by
António Teixeira de Sousa
(effective)
Teófilo Braga
(interim, as President of the
Provisional Government)
Prime Minister of Portugal
(President of the Ministry)

1911
Succeeded by
Augusto de Vasconcelos
Preceded by
Constitutional Junta:
José Norton de Matos
António Maria da Silva
José de Freitas Ribeiro
Alfredo de Sá Cardoso
Álvaro Xavier de Castro
Prime Minister of Portugal
(President of the Ministry)
but didn't take office

1915
Succeeded by
José de Castro

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