QUEZON, Manuel L., (1878 - 1944)

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QUEZON, Manuel L., a Resident Commissioner from the Commonwealth of the Philippine Islands; born in Baler, Tayabas Province, Luzon, Philippine Islands, August 19, 1878; attended the public schools in Tayabas Province; graduated from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Manila, P.I., 1894; attended the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, P.I., 1894-1895, 1897-1899; L.L.B., University of Santo Tomas, Manila, P.I., 1903; was admitted to the bar in April 1903; Philippine Army, 1896-1897, 1899-1901; lawyer, private practice; fiscal, Mindoro Province, Luzon, P.I., 1903-1904; fiscal, Tayabas Province, Luzon, P.I.; Governor of Tayabas Province, P.I., 1906-1907; member of the first Philippine assembly, 1907-1909, majority floor leader, 1907-1908; elected as a Nacionalista to the Sixty-first Congress; appointed to the Sixty-second Congress per P.L. 61-376 in 1911; reelected to the Sixty-third and to the succeeding Congress for a three-year term, and served until his resignation on October 15, 1916 (May 11, 1909-October 15, 1916); member and president of the Philippine senate 1916-1935; chairman of the Philippine independence missions to the United States in 1919, 1922, 1924, and 1927; chairman of the Philippine independence commission, 1931-1933; chairman of the Philippine joint legislative committee, 1933-1934; elected President of the Commonwealth of the Philippine Islands on September 17, 1935, and served from the inauguration of the commonwealth on November 15, 1935, until his death; escaped from Luzon, P.I., on February 20, 1942, in a United States submarine after the Philippines had fallen to the Japanese; died in Saranac Lake, N.Y., on August 1, 1944; remains interred temporarily in a mausoleum at Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery; subsequently reinterred in Cementerio del Norte, Manila, P.I.