LEARN WHO WAS JALLES MACHADO
Jalles Machado de Siqueira was born in São Joaquim da Serra Negra, today Alterosa, in Minas Gerais, in April 14th, 1894. He studied Civil Engineering in the Polytechnic School of São Paulo, where he graduated in 1919. The next year, he married with Beatriz Lage Siqueira and moved to Goiás countryside.
From that marriage were born four children: Jair Lage de Siqueira, Sylvia Siqueira de Simões, Otávio Lage de Siqueira and Nize Siqueira dos Santos.
During almost a decade, he practiced his profession: he projected and built hydropower plants, executed topographic services and installed coffee, cotton and rice processing machines. His political career began in 1928, when he joined the Partido Libertador and became the first administrator of Buriti Alegre by the Partido Libertador of Goiás. From there, his actions in the political and administrative field continued to improve.
Outside the political world, deserve to be registered the following positions occupied by Jalles Machado: director of the Goiás Railroad, 1930; founder of the Minerva Power and Light Company of Buriti Alegre, which he directed from 1931 to 1933, Managing Director of Itajá Farm, in Goianésia.
In politics, he was appointed as Secretary of Traffic and Public Works of the State, in 1929, by the State President, Alfredo Lopes de Moraes. In 1930, took part of the revolutionary process as commander of the revolutionary battalion of Tupaciguara-MG. From 1934 to 1945, period in which was created the “Estado Novo”, he also had a significant presence.
In 1937, he supported the candidature of Armando Sales de Oliveira for the Republic Presidency. Founding member of União Democrática Nacional – GO (UDN), in 1945, was elected constituent deputy for that party. From 1946 to 1955, he served as Federal Deputy, presenting several projects with the objective of developing and modernizing Brazil and, particularly, Goiás.
One of those projects gave birth to the Anápolis-Belém Highway, today Belém-Brasília. In function of that road, several cities, like Uruaçu, Porangatu, Gurupi and Araguaína, grew and became important development centers.
In Goianésia, Jaraguá District, Jalles started a coffee and rice farm and developed cattle breeding. With the help of Marcos Monteiro de Barros, Jeremias Lunardelli and Laurentino Martins, colonized the region of Goianésia.
Jalles Machado was also part of the commission for the moving of the Country’s capital to the Central Plateau, allowing that Goiás stands out even more nationally. In 1962, was elected Federal Deputy by the Democratic Colligation formed by UDN, Partido Social Progressista (PSP) and Partido Democrata Cristão (PDC).
After the 1964 military coup d’état, was edited in 1965, the Institutional Act nº 2, which determined the extinction of the existing political parties. With the instauration of the two-party system, Jalles Machado joined the Aliança Renovadora Nacional (ARENA), collaborating with the government of General Humberto Castello Branco (1964-1967) in the creation of the “Estatuto da Terra”.
Reelected Federal Deputy in the election of November of 1966, practiced the term of office until January of 1971, when he left definitively the Chamber of Deputies and politics. At age 81, was still driving his own car. He died in a car accident in the Belém-Brasília Highway (cloverleaf interchange of Rialma) in 1975, in the road which was one of his biggest projects.
"Was not only a man of ideas, but of actions. Totally restless spirit, restlessness which appeared clearly in his speeches; many times got himself in a risky situation in the name of his ideals, intransigently defending progress".
(Excerpt and information extracted from the book Jalles Machado, Utopia and Modernity, of Clever Luiz Fernandes and Reginaldo Lima de Aquino)
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