Born Ruy Barbosa D'Oliveira in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. A defender of civil liberties, he fought for the abolition of slavery in Brazil. He fled to London after being accused of being a conspirator in a naval revolt. On his return he was elected as a senator. Nicknamed 'The Eagle of the Hague' for his distinguished participation in the Hague Peace Conference of 1907. Died in Petropolis, Brazil.
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