António Maria de Bettencourt Rodrigues

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Portrait of Bettencourt Rodrigues, by Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro

Antonio Maria Bettencourt[1] Rodrigues (São Nicolau, Portuguese Cape Verde, March 5, 1854 – Monte Estoril (Cascais), 1933) was a doctor, Portuguese diplomat and politician.

Family[edit]

He was the youngest son of José Júlio Rodrigues (Salvador do Mundo, Bardez, Goa, May 6, 1812 - Luanda), Goan Catholic, Bachelor of Law of the Faculty of Law, University of Coimbra, Delegate of Regal Attorney in Funchal, Court of Appeal judge of Luanda. His wife (Funchal, Sé, August 13, 1842) was Teresa Cristina de Sá e Bettencourt (Funchal, Sé -?).[2][3]

Biography[edit]

A physician, Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Paris, Minister Plenipotentiary in Paris in 1913 and 1917-1918, senator for the Extremadura Electoral Circle in 1918, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Governments of Óscar Carmona and José Vicente de Freitas 1926-1928, during the military dictatorship, and President of the Portuguese Delegation to the League of Nations.[4][5]

On 5 October 1927 he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Military Order of Christ.[6]

An important scientific work left by him was also published.[5][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aleixo Manuel da Costa, "Dicionário de Literatura Goesa", Vol. 3, p. 157 reflects a legend over how the brothers came to be called Bettencourt, suggesting that this came about because they were known in Coimbra as the "Bitoncares" perhaps because his father was a native of Britona. This epithet was said to have displeased them and they had it probably transformed into Bettencourt! This legend would have been possible only by ignoring that the mother of the two Rodrigues brothers was also called Bettencourt, so the name they used was perfectly legitimate.
  2. ^ Fernando de Meneses Vaz, "Famílias da Madeira e Porto Santo", Vol. 1, p. 138, tít. de Araújos, § 4.º, n.º 9
  3. ^ "Os Luso-Descendentes da Índia Portuguesa", Jorge Eduardo de Abreu Pamplona Forjaz e José Francisco Leite de Noronha, Fundação Oriente, 1.ª Edição, Lisboa, 2003, Volume III N - Z, pp. 428 e 431
  4. ^ A. H. de Oliveira Marques (coord.), "Parlamentares e Ministros da 1.ª República (1910-1926)", p. 377
  5. ^ a b "Os Luso-Descendentes da Índia Portuguesa", Jorge Eduardo de Abreu Pamplona Forjaz e José Francisco Leite de Noronha, Fundação Oriente, 1.ª Edição, Lisboa, 2003, Volume III N - Z, p. 431
  6. ^ "Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas: Cidadãos Nacionais Agraciados Com Ordens Portuguesas" [Portuguese Honorary Orders: National Citizens awarded with Portuguese Orders]. Presidência da República Portuguesa. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  7. ^ Aleixo Manuel da Costa, "Dicionário de Literatura Goesa", Vol. 3, pp. 151 a 157