Manuel L. Quezon Biography

Activist, President (non-U.S.) (1878–1944)
Manuel Quezon was leader of the Filipino independence movement and first president of the Philippine Commonwealth in 1935.


Manuel Quezon was governor of Tayabas province before being elected a representative in 1907 to the newly established Philippine Assembly. In 1909 Quezon was appointed resident commissioner for the Philippines, entitled to speak, but not vote, in the U.S. House of Representatives; during his years in Washington, he fought for a speedy grant of independence by the U.S., which happened in 1935.

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