Teodoro Kalaw

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Teodoro Kalaw
Born March 31, 1884
Lipa, Batangas, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Died December 4, 1940(1940-12-04) (aged 56)
Manila, Philippines

Teodoro Kalaw was a Filipino scholar who studied Jose Rizal's life and writings, a legislator, and historian.

Teodoro Kalaw (Batangas Provincial Capitol).
National Library of the Philippines

Early life[edit]

He was born in Lipa, Batangas on March 31, 1884. He studied at the Escuela de Derecho. He was a bar topnotcher having obtained a "grade of 100 percent in civil law and three other subjects."

Civic career[edit]

He worked as the secretary of Manuel L. Quezon, later the President of the Philippines. At age 25 he became a member of the Philippine Assembly. He was later appointed secretary of the Assembly.

In 1916 he was appointed director of the National Library, then later Interior Secretary.


He became a Mason in 1907, then later became grand master at age 31. On June 15, 1932, he was made a 33° Mason in the Scottish Rite of Masonry.

Kalaw was a member of the Academy of Political Science, American Social and Political Science; Sociedad Americana de Derecho Internacional; Real Academia Hispano Americano de Ciencias y Artes, of whose Philippine Section he became president in 1925; Associacion Hispano-Filipina, and the Philippine Library Association.


He died on December 4, 1940.