Henrique de Barros

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Henrique Teixeira de Queirós de Barros (Coimbra, 7 October 1904 - 21 August 2000), was a Portuguese politician.

Background[edit]

He was a son of João de Barros and wife Raquel Teixeira de Queirós, and a paternal grandson of the 1st Viscount of a Marinha Grande, of whom he was the representative. He was, ironically, a brother in law of Marcelo Caetano, the Prime Minister of Portugal during the final years of the Dictatorship.[1]

Career[edit]

He was a Licentiate in Agricultural Economics from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia of the University of Lisbon, and from there he developed an intense activity as a Pedagogue and an Investigator.

Since a young age being an oppositioner to the dictatorial regime of Estado Novo, he joined the Movimento de Unidade Democrática (MUD) in 1945. He joined the Socialist Party in 1974 and a year later in 1975 he was elected a Deputy to the Constituent Assembly, of which he became the 1st and only President from 3 June 1975 to 2 April 1976. With this his name got permanently connected with the Constitution of Portugal of 1976.

He then was Minister of State of the 1st Constitutional Government and a Member of the Portuguese Council of State.

In 1981 he disconnected from PS and, from 1985, he started collaborating with the Democratic Renovator Party (PRD).

Family[edit]

He married Luísa de Morais Sarmento, from an ancient noble family of Trás os Montes e Alto Douro, without issue.

References[edit]

  • Os Presidentes do Parlamento (Presidents of the Portuguese Parliament), Assembly of the Republic