João Maurício Vanderlei, Baron of Cotegipe
|João Maurício Vanderlei|
|President of the Council of Ministers|
August 20, 1885 – March 10, 1888
|Preceded by||José Antônio Saraiva|
|Succeeded by||João Alfredo Correia de Oliveira|
|Born||23 October 1815
Barra, Bahia, Kingdom of Brazil
|Died||13 February 1889
Rio de Janeiro, Empire of Brazil
João Maurício Vanderlei or Wanderley, first and only baron of Cotegipe (Barra, then São Francisco de Chagas da Barra do Rio Grande, October 23, 1815 — Rio de Janeiro, February 13, 1889), was a magistrate and Brazilian politician of the Conservative Party.
He graduated from the University of Olinda in 1837 with a bachelor's degree in Law and was Marine Minister, Farm Minister, External Minister and Justice Minister of Brazil. He was also President of the Senate of Brazil from 1882 to 1885 and Prime Minister of Brazil from 1885 until 1888 and president of the Banco do Brasil.
He was dismissed from his post by Princess Isabel during her third regency in 1888. Months later, as a senator, he was the only one to vote against the approval of the Golden Law, which abolished slavery. He is assigned the dialogue with the Princess where he says "Your Highness released a race but lost the throne" to which the Princess promptly replied "A thousand thrones I had, a thousand thrones I would give to liberate the slaves of Brazil"
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