Jaime Carlos de Veyra

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Jaime Carlos de Veyra (November 4, 1873 – March 7, 1963) was a Resident Commissioner to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Philippines.

Early life

He was born on November 4, 1873, in Tanauan,Leyte.

Education and Law practice

He attended public and private schools, and he finished college at Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila in 1893. He studied law, philosophy, and letters in the University of Santo Tomas at Manila from 1895 to 1897.

Political career

In 1898 and 1899 he served as secretary to the Military Governor of Leyte. He engaged in newspaper work. He was a member of the municipal council of Cebu. He became Governor of Leyte in 1906 and 1907 and a member of the Philippine house of representatives from 1907 to 1909. He was a member of the Philippine Commission from 1913 to 1916 and executive secretary of the Philippine Islands in 1916 and 1917; elected as a Nationalist a Resident Commissioner to the United States in 1917; and was reelected in 1920 and served from March 4, 1917, to March 3, 1923. He was declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1922. He engaged in journalistic work during 1923 and he became head of the department of Spanish, University of the Philippines at Manila, from 1925 to 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 Sofia Reyes in 1907. They had four children,[1] Their son Manuel E. de Veyra was a doctor during World War II serving at Bataan.[2] Their son Jesus de Veyra became a judge, and dean of the Ateneo Law School from 1976 to 1981.[3]

Sofia Reyes de Veyra died in 1953, aged 77 years.[4] Jaime de Veyra died in Manila, Philippines on March 7, 1963.


  1. "On Equality with Husbands" Galena Weekly Republican (18 August 1922): 6. via Newspapers.comTemplate:Open access
  2. Manuel E. de Veyra, Doctor at Bataan 1941-1942 (New Day Publishers 1991). Template:ISBN
  3. "The Early Years" Ateneo Law Journal.
  4. Rosario Avila de Veyra, Faith, Work, Success: An Appraisal of the Life and Work of Sofia Reyes de Veyra (University of San Carlos, 1959).