Manuel Teixeira Gomes

Manuel Teixeira Gomes

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Manuel Teixeira Gomes, GCSE (; Portimão, May 27, 1860 - Bougie, October 18, 1941) was a Portuguese politician and writer. He served as the seventh President of Portugal between 5 October 1923 and 11 December 1925.

Personal life

Manuel Teixeira Gomes was born in Vila Nova de Portimão, son of José Líbano Gomes, born in Viseu, Mortágua, and wife (m. Lagoa, Ferragudo, February 21, 1854) Maria da Glória Teixeira, born in Lagoa, Ferragudo. A wealthy landowner, his father was also a large-scale dried fruit trader, a much travelled man, who had been educated in France and witnessed the 1848 revolution, he had republican leanings and had been Belgian Consul in Algarve.

Attended the Colégio de São Luís Gonzaga, Portimão, and the Coimbra seminary; at the age of 18 enrolled at the University of Coimbra to study medicine; abandoned studies two years later and moved to Lisbon, where he established closed ties with local intellectual circles (namely Fialho de Almeida and João de Deus). After completing military service, installed himself in Porto (1881), where he became friendly with Sampaio Bruno, Basílio Teles, Soares dos Reis and others. With Joaquim Coimbra and Queirós Veloso they publish Gil Vicente, a theatrical newspaper. He also wrote for Primeiro de Janeiro and Folha Nova.

In 1891, his father and other partners had set up a company called "Sindicato de Exportadores de Figos do Algarve" (Algarve Fig Exporters Union), which lasted three years. Manuel was told...
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