Paredes y Babila, Quintin, 1884-1973

Quintín Paredes y Babila (September 9, 1884 – January 30, 1973) was a Filipino lawyer, politician, and statesman. He served as the first Resident Commissioner to represent the Philippines after it became a commonwealth of the United States, from 1936 to 1938.

Born in Bangued in the Spanish Philippines’ Abra Province, he attended his father’s school until he was about 11 years old, at which point he began studying at a satellite campus of the University of Santo Tomas and later at the Colegio de la Purissima Concepción in the coastal city of Vigan. After the Spanish-American War, Paredes served as deputy treasurer of Abra, collecting taxes from all corners of the province. He eventually moved to Manila and studied law under the direction of another of his brothers, Isidro. In 1908 Paredes joined the solicitor general’s office in Manila as a prosecuting attorney and rapidly rose to the solicitor general post in 1917. The very next year, Paredes accepted the job as attorney general, becoming the Philippines’ top lawyer. Within two years, he became secretary of justice in the cabinet of Governor General Francis Burton Harrison. President Woodrow Wilson nominated Paredes to serve as an associate justice on the Philippine supreme court, but Wilson’s administration ended before the confirmation went through. Paredes also served as an officer in the Philippine national guard during the mobilization for World War I.

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