Arsenio Lacson

Arsenio Lacson
Born(1912-12-26)December 26, 1912
DiedApril 15, 1962(1962-04-15) (aged 49)
17th Mayor of Manila
In office
January 1, 1952 – April 15, 1962
Vice MayorJesus M. Roces (1952–1959)
Antonio J. Villegas (1959–1962)
Preceded byManuel de la Fuente
Succeeded byAntonio Villegas
Member of the House of Representatives from Manila's 2nd district
In office
December 30, 1949 – January 1, 1952
Preceded byHermenegildo Atienza
Succeeded byJoaquin R. Roces
Personal details
Political partyNacionalista Party
Association football career
Playing positionMidfielder
College career
Ateneo de Manila University
National team
c. 1934Philippines

Arsenio H. Lacson (December 26, 1912 – April 15, 1962) was a Filipino journalist and politician who gained widespread attention as Mayor of Manila from 1952 to 1962. An active executive likened by Time and The New York Times to New York's Fiorello La Guardia,[1][2] he was the first Manila mayor to be reelected to three terms.[1] Nicknamed "Arsenic" and described as "a good man with a bad mouth",[3] Lacson's fiery temperament became a trademark of his political and broadcasting career. He died suddenly from a stroke amidst talk that he was planning to run in the 1965 presidential election.[4]

Early life

Lacson was born in Talisay, Negros Occidental. He was related to Aniceto Lacson, the President of the short-lived Republic of Negros.[3] His niece, Rose, would later gain prominence as a controversial socialite in Australia.

A sickly lad, Lacson turned to athletics while a student at the Ateneo de Manila University, where he would obtain his Bachelor of Arts degree. He became an amateur boxer while a student, accounting for his broken nose that later became a prominent feature of his profile.[5]

Lacson studied law at the University of Santo Tomas. After graduating and passing the bar examinations in 1937, he joined the law office of future Senator Vicente Francisco, and later, the Department of Justice as an assistant attorney.[3] Lacson also worked as a sportswriter before the outbreak of World War II.

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