From 1948 until 1953, this Liberal Party turned Nacionalista Party politician served as the sixth President of the Philippines. Previously, he had served as Vice President, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Finance, and President Pro Tempore of the Philippine Senate.
After receiving his law degree from the University of the Philippines, he began his political career as a member of the Philippine House of Representatives.
Like American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Quirino instituted a series of 'fireside chat' radio broadcasts to inform the public about the plans of his administration.
His marriage to Alicia Syquia produced children named Tomas, Armando, Norma, Victoria, and Fe. Victoria served as First Lady of the Philippines after her mother and three of her siblings were tragically murdered during World War II by Japanese troops occupying the Philippines.
Before taking office as President, Quirino served as Vice President of the Philippines under the administration of President Manuel Roxas.