Carlos Luz

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His Excellency
Carlos Luz
19th President of Brazil
In office
8 November 1955 – 11 November 1955
Vice President None
Preceded by Café Filho
Succeeded by Nereu Ramos
President of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
1 February 1955 – 11 November 1955
Preceded by Nereu Ramos
Succeeded by José Flores da Cunha
Minister of Justice and Interior Affairs
In office
31 January 1946 – 2 October 1946
President Eurico Gaspar Dutra
Preceded by Antônio Dória
Succeeded by Benedito Costa Neto
Personal details
Born (1894-08-04)4 August 1894
Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died 9 February 1961(1961-02-09) (aged 66)
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Political party Social Democratic Party – PSD

Carlos Coimbra da Luz (Portuguese: [ˈkaɾlus koˈĩbrɐ da ˈlus]; 1894–1961) was a Brazilian politician.

After the political crisis following the Getúlio Vargas suicide in 1954, Carlos Luz was the second of three presidents who ruled Brazil in a brief period of 16 months. At the time of President Café Filho's alleged illness he was the president of the Chamber of Deputies, and so the next in the line of succession to the Presidency, since Filho had been the Vice President under Vargas. Luz headed the government only three days in November 1955 and was replaced by the Minister of Defence Teixeira Lott over his fear that Luz might support a plot to prevent President-elect Juscelino Kubitschek from taking office.[1]

As of 2015, Luz remains the shortest-serving President of Brazil.


Political offices
Preceded by
Café Filho
President of Brazil
Succeeded by
Nereu Ramos