Paulo Bénard Guedes

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Paulo Bénard Guedes (Lisbon, 5 October 1892 – Benguela, 11 September 1960) was the 127th Governor-General of Portuguese India. He was also a general of the Portuguese army.

Paulo Bénard Guedes was born in Lisbon in 1892. He began his military career early, having specialized in the Infantry branch in 1913. He also underwent a course of the Colonial School (now the Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa).

He served in Portuguese Mozambique during World War I, and entered the Republican National Guard on his return to Portugal. He was also successful at the Directorate of Diplomatic Services.

During World War II, Bénard Guedes assumed the role of Interim Governor of Portuguese India. In the early 1950s, after a series of military commanders, between 1952 and 1958, he was appointed to the post of the Governor-General of Portuguese India. He was the lieutenant to D. Duarte Nuno.

Paulo Bénard Guedes died in Portuguese Angola, in Benguela city, in 1960.

General Paulo Bénard Guedes, was awarded Officer of the Order of the Tower and Sword, Grand-Officer of the Order of the Colonial Empire and of the Order of Aviz; comenda of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, of the Order of Aviz, of the Holy See, and of the Order of Civil Merit of Spain, the Fourragère medal of gold of Military Valor, and the medals of the expedition to Mozambique, the Victory (with star Silver) and the Silver Medal of Exemplary Behaviour.

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  • Redacção Quidnovi, com coordenação de José Hermano Saraiva, História de Portugal, Dicionário de Personalidades, Volume XV, Ed. QN-Edição e Conteúdos,S.A., 2004.
  • PEREIRA, A. Gonçalves, Tratado de Todos os Vice-Reis e Governadores da Índia, Lisboa, Editorial Enciclopédia, 1962.