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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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Resident Commissioner of the Philippines
In office
November 22, 1907 – March 3, 1912
Appointed byWilliam Howard Taft
Succeeded byManuel Earnshaw
Personal details
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
Alma materUniversity of Santo Tomas


Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Manila, Spanish Philippines on September 27, 1853 to a Chinese

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.

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
Preceded by
office created
Resident Commissioner from the Philippines to the United States Congress
Served alongside: Pablo Ocampo and Manuel L. Quezon
Succeeded by
Manuel Earnshaw