Joaquim José Inácio, Viscount of Inhaúma
Joaquim José Inácio, Viscount of Inhaúma (1 August 1808 – 8 March 1869), was a naval officer, politician and monarchist of the Empire of Brazil. In 1866, he was appointed commander-in-chief of the fleet engaged in the Paraguayan War. He died shortly after returning to the national capital in early 1869. Some historians regard him as one of the greatest Brazilian navy officers.
About Joaquim José Inácio, Viscount of Inhaúma in brief
Joaquim José Inácio, Viscount of Inhaúma (1 August 1808 – 8 March 1869), was a naval officer, politician and monarchist of the Empire of Brazil. He was born in the Kingdom of Portugal, and his family moved to Brazil two years later. After Brazilian independence in 1822, he enlisted in the Brazilian navy. In 1866, he was appointed commander-in-chief of the fleet engaged in the Paraguayan War. While in command in the war zone, he became mentally exhausted and contracted an unknown disease. He died shortly after returning to the national capital in early 1869. Some historians regard him as one of the greatest Brazilian navy officers. He also became the first person to hold the Ministry of Agriculture portfolio, albeit briefly. He never assumed office in the lower house of the Brazilian legislature. He became a member of the Conservative Party in 1861 and was given the position of navy minister. He eventually was raised from baron to viscount. He is buried in the National Cemetery of São Joaquim de Barros in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with his wife, Maria Isabel de Barroso, and their six children. He had an older sister named Maria and six younger siblings, among them Bento José de Carvalho and Antônio José Vitorino of Barros. His teachers included Januário de Barbosa da Cunha, who became one of leading figures in the leading movement for Brazilian independence.
His father was a navy officer who achieved the rank of second lieutenant, in his choice of a career, in November 1822 at the age of 14, at the academy of major mathematics. His mother claimed that the correct birthdate was two days later, on 1 August, but he personally affirmed that the later date was accurate, as did his younger brother, who was his biographer. Some biographers have persisted in citing the date mistakenly entered on the birth certificate. His parents were José Vitorino de Baros and Maria Isabel of Baros, and he was enrolled in Seminário De São José School in 1837. He graduated from the Navy Academy in December 1823, and was admitted as aspirante a guard of the guard. He saw action in the Sabinada between 1837 and 1838, followed by the Ragamuffin War from 1840 until 1844. He helped quell a military mutiny in 1831 and was involved in suppressing some of the other rebellions that erupted during that troubled period. In1849, after spending two years in Great Britain, Inhaunma was given command of the Fleet that was instrumental in subduing the Praieira revolt, the last rebellion in imperial Brazil. In late 1868, he was elected to the National legislature’s lower house, but never assumed office. His leadership was encumbered by his hesitating and procrastinating behavior. He was awarded a noble title, eventually being raised to vis Count.