Brazil will issue on March 1st, 2010 a commemorative stamp celebrating the President’s Tancredo de Almeida Neves centennial anniversary. Tancredo Neves was born in São João del Rei, Minas Gerais, on March 4th, 1910. A lawyer, he entered politics elected as councilman in his hometown in 1935. Recognized as a political leader, Tancredo influenced national institutions in a constructive manner through more than five decades of public work (member of Parliament, Minister and State Governor). Tancredo Neves was elected president of Brazil by the Electoral College in January 1985, representing the opposition party. On the eve of taking office, on the night of March 14th, 1985, after an acute attack of diverticulitis (major intestine inflammation), he was hospitalized, and the next day, his Vice President, José Sarney, took office. His clinical condition deteriorated severely, and he died on April 21st, 1985 in São Paulo, leaving a political legacy to Brazil. His death caused an outpouring of national grief. Tancredo Neves is counted among the official list of presidents of Brazil as a matter of homage and honour, since technically he never became president.
The stamp focuses on President Tancredo de Almeida Neves between the flag of his state, Minas Gerais, on the left and the map of Brazil next to the National Coat of Arms on the right. In the background, a partial view of the historical buildings of São Joao del-Rei, his hometown.