Camilo OSIAS, Congress, PI (1889-1976)


OSIAS, Camilo, a Resident Commissioner from the Philippine Islands; born in Balaoan, La Union, Philippine Islands, March 23, 1889; attended school in Balaoan, Vigan, San Fernando, and was appointed government student to the United States in 1905; was graduated from the Western Illinois State Teachers College at Macomb in 1908; attended the University of Chicago, in 1906 and 1907; was graduated from Columbia University in New York City, and from the Teachers College of New York City in 1910; returned to the Philippine Islands and taught school; first Filipino superintendent of schools in 1915 and 1916; assistant director of education 1917-1921; member of the first Philippine mission to the United States in 1919 and 1920; lecturer at the University of the Philippines 1919-1921; president of the National University 1921-1936; elected a member of the Philippine Senate in 1925; elected as a Nationalist a Resident Commissioner to the United States in 1928; reelected in 1931 and served from March 4, 1929, until January 3, 1935, when his term expired in accordance with the new Philippine Commonwealth Government; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Philippine Senate in 1934; member of the Constitutional Convention in 1934; member of the first National Assembly in 1935; member of the Economic Mission to the United States in 1939; chairman of Educational Mission 1938-1941; chairman of National Council of Education in 1941; director of publicity and propaganda until January 1942; chairman of National Cooperative Administration in 1941; subsequently assistant commissioner of the Department of Education, Health, and Public Welfare, then Minister of Education of the Republic of the Philippines until 1945; chancellor of Osias Colleges; elected to the Philippine Senate in 1947 for the term expiring in 1953; served as minority and majority floor leader and then elected president of the Philippine Senate; Philippine representative to the Interparliamentary Union in Rome and to the International Trade Conference in Genoa in 1948; unsuccessful candidate for the Nationalist Party nomination for President of the Philippines in 1953; elected as a Liberal Party member of the Philippine Senate, 1961-1967, and served as president pro tempore; was a resident of Mandaluyong, Rizal, Philippines, until his death in Manila on May 20, 1976.


Bananal, Eduardo. Camilo Osias: Educator and Statesman. Quezon City, P.I.: Manlapaz Publishing Co., 1974; Osias, Camilo. The Story of a Long Career of Varied Tasks. Quezon City, P.I.: Manlapaz Publishing Co., 1971.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present