Benito Legarda

Cosme Benito Legarda y Tuason (September 27, 1853 – August 27, 1915) was a Filipino legislator who was a member of the Philippine Commission of the American colonial Insular Government, the government's legislature, and later a Resident Commissioner from the Philippine Islands to the United States Congress.

Benito Legarda
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Legarda in c. 1908
Resident Commissioner of the Philippines
In office
November 22, 1907 – March 3, 1912
Serving with
Pablo Ocampo (1907–1909)
Manuel L. Quezon (1909–1912)
Appointed byWilliam Howard Taft
Succeeded byManuel Earnshaw
Member of the Malolos Congress from Sulu
In office
September 15, 1898 – March 23, 1901
Serving with Victor Papa
Personal details
Cosme Benito Legarda y Tuason

(1853-09-27)September 27, 1853
Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines
DiedAugust 27, 1915(1915-08-27) (aged 61)
Évian-les-Bains, France
Resting placeManila North Cemetery
Spouse(s)Teresa de la Paz
Alma materUniversity of Santo Tomas

Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Manila, Philippines on September 27, 1853 to a Spanish-Filipino mestizo family.[1] He attended the Jesuits' College and the University of Santo Tomas of Manila.

Political lifeEdit

He started his political life as a member of President Emilio Aguinaldo's cabinet at Malolos and vice president of the Filipino Congress. He later became a member of the Philippine Commission 1901 and was elected as a Resident Commissioner to the Sixtieth and to the two succeeding Congresses (November 22, 1907 - March 3, 1912). He was not a candidate for renomination to the Sixty-third Congress in 1912, in large part due to opposition to his candidacy from the Philippine Assembly.[1] He founded the Federalista Party during the early part of the 20th century.[2] He was an upper-class Filipino who cooperated with the United States.[2]


Benito Legarda died on August 27, 1915, in Evian-les-Bains, France. He is buried at the Manila North Cemetery.


The Legarda Elementary School and Legarda Street in Manila were named in Legarda's honor.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Don Benito Legarda y Tuason (1853-1915)". Museo Santisima Trinidad. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  2. ^ a b Karnow, Stanley (1989). "Benito Legarda". In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines. Random House. ISBN 978-0394549750., page 444.
U.S. House of Representatives
New seat Resident Commissioner from the Philippines to the United States Congress
Served alongside: Pablo Ocampo and Manuel L. Quezon
Succeeded by