João Cardoso de Meneses e Sousa, Baron of Paranapiacaba

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João Cardoso de Meneses e Sousa
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Born(1827-04-25)25 April 1827
Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
Died2 February 1915(1915-02-02) (aged 87)
Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
OccupationPoet, translator, journalist, lawyer, politician
Alma materUniversity of São Paulo
Literary movementRomanticism
Notable worksA Harpa Gemedora

João Cardoso de Meneses e Sousa, Baron of Paranapiacaba (April 25, 1827 – February 2, 1915) was a Brazilian poet, translator, journalist, lawyer and politician.

He was born in the city of Santos, in São Paulo, in 1827. He graduated in Law at the Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo in 1848, but before moving to Rio de Janeiro in order to follow his career, he served as a History and Geography teacher in the city of Taubaté.

As a poet, Sousa would only publish one book, A Harpa Gemedora (The Moaning Harp), in 1849, where he would publish some translations of poems by Lord Byron. He also published a translation of Jean de La Fontaine's Fables in 1886.

Sousa was a deputy of Goiás from 1873 to 1876.

He was proclaimed Baron of Paranapiacaba in 1883 by Emperor Pedro II, in a post that would last until 1889, when Brazil became a republic and the ranks of nobility were abolished.

He died in Rio de Janeiro, in 1915.

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Preceded by
New creation
Baron of Paranapiacaba
1883 — 1889
Succeeded by
None (title abolished)