Francisco da Veiga Beirão

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Francisco da Veiga Beirão
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53rd Prime Minister of Portugal
In office
22 December 1909 – 26 June 1910
Monarch Manuel II
Preceded by Venceslau de Sousa Pereira de Lima
Succeeded by António Teixeira de Sousa
Personal details
Born (1841-07-24)24 July 1841
Lisbon, Portugal
Died 11 November 1916(1916-11-11) (aged 75)
Paço de Arcos, Portugal
Political party Progressive Party

Francisco António da Veiga Beirão (Lisbon, 24 July 1841 – Paço de Arcos, 11 November 1916), commonly known as Francisco da Veiga Beirão (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɾɐ̃ˈsiʃku dɐ ˈvɐjɡɐ bɐjˈɾɐ̃w̃]), or Veiga Beirão, was a Portuguese politician of the late period of the Constitutional Monarchy. He served as President of the Ministry (Prime Minister), being the second last before the October 5 republican coup d'état that established the Portuguese First Republic. He was a professor at the Industrial Institute and president of Lawyers Association of Lisbon. He was also a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and of the Institut de Droit International and the Real Academía de Jurisprudencia y Legislación de Madrid. He had a law degree, from the University of Coimbra.

He started his political life in the Reformist Party and was a deputy in the Cortes from 1880 to 1904. However he maintained a certain distance from party-politics. He also served as Minister of Justice (February 29, 1886 – January 14, 1890) and of Foreign Affairs (1898). He was the author of the regulating code for the creation and functioning of commercial societies in Portugal (1888).

In 1909, on December 22, he was named President of the Ministry (Prime Minister) by young king Manuel II of Portugal. However, his government did not last long as it was followed by a political scandal related to the Crédito Predial Bank that implicated several of his ministers. He resigned on June 26, 1910. He was followed by António Teixeira de Sousa, the last Prime Minister of the constitutional monarchy.

After the proclamation of the Portuguese Republic on October 5, 1910 he abandoned political life and continued working as a lawyer and attorney.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Venceslau de Sousa Pereira de Lima
Prime Minister of Portugal
(President of the Ministry)

1909–1910
Succeeded by
António Teixeira de Sousa