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Jaime Carlos de Veyra
De Veyra in c. 1905
Resident Commissioner to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Philippine Islands
In office
March 4, 1917 – March 4, 1923
Serving with Teodoro R. Yangco (1917-1920)
Isauro Gabaldon (1920-1923)
Preceded byManuel Earnshaw
Succeeded byPedro Guevara
Chairman of the Institute of National Language
In office
Professor and Head, Department of Spanish, University of the Philippines
In office
Member of the Philippine National Assembly from Leyte's Fourth District
In office
Preceded byPost created
Succeeded byFrancisco Enage
Governor of Leyte
In office
Personal details
Born(1873-11-04)November 4, 1873
Tanauan, Leyte, Captaincy General of the Philippines
DiedMarch 7, 1963(1963-03-07) (aged 89)
Manila, Philippines
Political partyNacionalista
Spouse(s)Sofia Reyes[1]
Alma materUniversity of Santo Tomas
Colegio de San Juan de Letran

Jaime Carlos Diaz de Veyra (November 4, 1873 – March 7, 1963) was a Resident Commissioner to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Philippine Islands and Governor of Leyte.

Early life

He was born on November 4, 1873, in the town of Tanauan in Leyte province.[2]


De Veyra attended both public and private schools. In 1888, he began studying at Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila, and graduated in 1893 with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1895, he began studying for a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Philosophy and Letters at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He completed both degrees in 1898.[2]

Political career

From 1888 to 1899 he served as secretary to the Military Governor of Leyte, General Ambrosio Moxica.[2]

In 1901 he was elected municipal councilor in the town of Cebu, and became municipal vice-president the following year. In 1903, he became president of the electoral assembly of Cebu. In 1904, de Veyra became Director of Liceo de Maasim, in Leyte, and served until 1905.[2]

In 1905, he became an editor for the Spanish-Tagalog language newspaper El Renacimiento.[2]

In 1906, de Veyra became Governor of Leyte, He served until 1907, when he became a member of the first Philippine Assembly as the first representative of Leyte's Fourth District in the Philippine House of Representatives. He served in the Assembly until 1913, when he became a member of the Philippine Commission 1913–1916.[2]

In 1916, de Veyra was appointed executive secretary of the Philippine Islands under Governor-General Francis Burton Harrison, and served until 1917.[2]

In 1917, de Veyra was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Resident Commissioner of the Philippines. He reelected in 1920 and served from March 4, 1917, to March 3, 1923. He was declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1922.[2]

He engaged in journalistic work during 1923 he became head of the department of Spanish, University of the Philippines at Manila, 1925–1936. From 1937 to 1944. de Veyra was the director of the Institute of National Language. He also served as historical researcher in charge of manuscripts and publications, National Library and historical researcher, Office of the President, 1946.

Personal life

Jaime de Veyra married clubwoman and suffragette Sofia Reyes in 1907. They had four children,[3] Their son Manuel E. de Veyra was a doctor during World War II serving at Bataan.[4] Their son Jesus de Veyra became a judge, and dean of the Ateneo Law School from 1976 to 1981.[5]

Sofia Reyes de Veyra died in 1953, aged 77 years old.[6] Jaime de Veyra died in Manila, Philippines on March 7, 1963. He was buried at La Loma Cemetery in Caloocan.

See also


  1. ^ "Sofia T. Reyes-de Veyra". Geni.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Cornejo, Miguel R. (1939). Cornejo's Commonwealth Directory of the Philippines. Manila: Miguel R. Cornejo. p. 2216.
  3. ^ "On Equality with Husbands" Galena Weekly Republican (18 August 1922): 6. via Newspapers.comopen access
  4. ^ Manuel E. de Veyra, Doctor at Bataan 1941-1942 (New Day Publishers 1991). ISBN 9789711004606
  5. ^ "The Early Years" Ateneo Law Journal.
  6. ^ Rosario Avila de Veyra, Faith, Work, Success: An Appraisal of the Life and Work of Sofia Reyes de Veyra (University of San Carlos, 1959).

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