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Café Filho

His Excellency
Café Filho
18th President of Brazil
In office
24 August 1954 – 8 November 1955
Vice President None
Preceded by Getúlio Vargas
Succeeded by Carlos Luz
13th Vice President of Brazil
In office
31 January 1951 – 24 August 1954
President Getúlio Vargas
Preceded by Nereu Ramos
Succeeded by João Goulart
President of the Federal Senate
In office
31 January 1951 – 24 August 1954
Preceded by Nereu Ramos
Succeeded by Marcondes Filho
Personal details
Born (1899-02-03)February 3, 1899
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Died February 20, 1970(1970-02-20) (aged 71)
Rio de Janeiro, Guanabara, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Political party Social Progressive Party
Spouse(s) Jandira Café
Children 1; Eduardo Café
Profession Journalist, lawyer, politician
Religion Presbyterian

João Fernandes Campos Café Filho GCTE (Portuguese: ; February 3, 1899 – February 20, 1970) was a Brazilian politician who served briefly as President of Brazil upon the suicide of former President Getúlio Vargas. He was the first Protestant to occupy the position.


Café Filho, lawyer, was born in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, February 3, 1899. He was the founder of the Jornal do Norte (1921), editor of the O Correio de Bezerros in the city of Bezerros, Pernambuco (1923), and director of newspaper A Noite (1925), writing in the latter, articles in which he asked the soldiers, corporals and young officers to refuse to fight the called "Coluna Prestes", which resulted in his conviction to three months in prison. He then escaped to Bahia in 1927, under the name of Senílson Pessoa Cavalcanti, but eventually returned to Natal, where he surrendered. In 1923, he ran for alderman in Natal, but failed.

He joined the Liberal Alliance and was one of the founders, in 1933, of the Social Nationalist Party of Rio Grande do Norte (PSN). Café Filho was elected federal deputy (1935-1937) and stood out for the defense of constitutional liberties. Threatened with arrest, sought asylum in Argentina, returning to Brazil in 1938. Founded with Ademar de Barros, the Progressive Republican Party (PRP), for which he was elected federal deputy again (1946-1950). Elected vice president by a coalition of parties that merged under the symbol Progressive Social Party (PSP), he assumed the presidency with the suicide of Getúlio Vargas, August 24, 1954.


Café Filho assumed the government immediately after the death of Getúlio Vargas. In his new cabinet, he had as minister of finance the economist Eugenio Gudin, supporter of a more orthodox economic policy, which sought to stabilize the economy and combat inflation. The Minister adopted as key measures to contain credit and cutting public expenditure, seeking thereby to reduce the public concerned deficit in its assessment of the inflationary process. During the Café Filho government, was instituted the single tax on electricity, generating the Federal Electrification Fund, and the withholding tax on income from the labor wage. Stood out yet in his administration the creation of the Committee on Location of the New Federal Capital, the inauguration, in January 1955, of the Paulo Afonso hydroelectric plant and encouraging the inflow of foreign capital in the country, which would influence the process of industrialization that followed.

Temporarily removed from the presidency on November 3, 1955, due to a cardiovascular disorder, on November 8 he was replaced by Carlos Luz, the president of the Chamber of Deputies. Recovered, Café Filho tried to

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