descobre o retrato que faltava na Galeria de Ministros da Educacao

LMT Abreu Loureiro, Correia de Matos & Galvão Teles succeeded in locating, after a thorough research, the portrait of Carlos Bento da Silva, politician of the nineteenth century, the only one that was not among the nearly 100 ministers of Education represented in the gallery organized by the respective Ministry.

Carlos Bento da Silva (1812-1891), official of the Ministry of Finance and later of Foreign Affairs, had a long political career that spanned 22 legislatures as deputy, participating in various Committees. He was Minister of Public Works between 1857 and 1859, of the Navy and the overseas between 1860 and 1862 and of Finance between 1877 and 1878. Meanwhile, he made a fleeting passage through the position of acting Minister of Public Instruction, for a scarce 24 hours, between the 30th of August and the 1st of September of 1870.

Despite his widely known public life, the existence of a political portrait of his was unknown. In the year that completes the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Carlos Bento da Silva, LMT Abreu Loureiro, Correia de Matos & Galvão Teles is pleased to have joined a face to his biography, enabling the Gallery of Ministers of Education to now be truly complete.

Aspectos da vida familiar na estrategia de ascensao social e politica do 1. marques de Pombal

João Bernardo Galvão Teles, a partner at LMT Abreu Loureiro, Correia de Matos & Galvão Teles, gave his first conference in the Portuguese Academy of History, after being elected academic correspondent in July 2010, the topic being Aspects of family life in the strategy of social and political ascension of the 1st Marquis of Pombal.

Understanding the extent to which some familiar aspects were part of the strategy of social and political ascension of the statesman, the influence his marriages had, who the godparents of his children were, to which families the daughters and sons in law of the statesman belonged, in what context their marriages were held were some of the questions to which the member of LMT tried to answer.

In the end, and by way of conclusion, it was shown that the statesman always knew how to lead the family destinies in a complex interrelationship with the social and political objectives he aimed to achieve. If the kinship ties he enjoyed and created throughout his life opened important doors in key moments of his life, it is also true that the political allegiances and client networks that he built promoted and protected his family. To such a point that it did not experience excessive troubles with the political turning of Queen Dona Maria I's reign. On the contrary, some of Carvalho e Melo’s sons and sons-in-law were characters who achieved important influence in the court of the Pious Queen. After all, these were still times when one’s private life and one’s public life were separated by a thin line. More than not being an exception to this rule, the story of Sebastião José was perhaps a paradigm of this overlapping of spaces.