José Ramos Preto

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José Ramos Preto
Minister for Justice
In office
March 8, 1920 – June 6, 1920
Prime Minister António Maria Baptista (March 8 – June 6, 1920)
Himself (June 6 – June 26, 1920)
Preceded by Luís Augusto Mesquita de Carvalho
Succeeded by António de Oliveira e Castro
75th Prime Minister of Portugal
(21st of the Republic)
In office
June 6, 1920 – June 26, 1920
President António José de Almeida
Preceded by António Maria Baptista
Succeeded by António Maria da Silva
Personal details
Born 1871
Louriçal do Campo, Castelo Branco, Kingdom of Portugal
Died January 7, 1949(1949-01-07) (aged 78)
Louriçal do Campo, Castelo Branco, Portuguese Republic
Political party Democratic Party
Occupation Jurist and
high school rector

José Ramos Preto (Louriçal do Campo, Castelo Branco 1871 – Louriçal do Campo, 7 January 1949) was a Portuguese jurist and politician during the Portuguese First Republic. Among other posts, he served as civil governor, senator, minister and president of the Ministry (Prime Minister). He was the main landowner of his native town and the most influential politician of the region of Castelo Branco, the district where he also served as civil governor and director of its secondary schools. He was also elected senator for the electoral circle of Castelo Branco. In the sequence of the sudden death of President of the Ministry António Maria Baptista on June 3, 1920, he was chosen to be his substitute. However, on 18 June, Ramos Preto government was forced to resign by the parliament, after being criticized by increasing the salaries of the members of his ministerial cabinets. Several personalities were then successively invited to constitute a government, but they all declined, making the government of Ramos Preto survive in functions until 26 June, when it was finally substituted by a ministry presided over by António Maria da Silva.


Political offices
Preceded by
António Maria Baptista
Prime Minister of Portugal
(President of the Ministry)

Succeeded by
António Maria da Silva