|President of the Philippines|
January 1, 1961 - September 28, 1989
|Succeeded by:||Imelda Marcos|
|Senator from Ilocos Norte|
1953 - 1961
|Member of the Filipino House of Representatives|
1949 - 1953
Mayor of Liberty
November 19, 1994 - December 5, 1999
|Preceded by: Donald Mackenzie|
|Born:||September 11 1917, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines|
|Died:||September 28, 1989, Malacanan Palace, Manila, Philippines|
National Party (1948 - 1972)
Movement for a New Society (1972 - 1989)
|Spouse:||Imelda Marcos (1954 - 1989)|
Maria, Ferdinand Jr., Irene
|Alma mater:||Harvard University|
Early Political Career
Marcos was elected a member of the Philippine House of Representatives in the inaugural 1948 election. His political rise was meteoric, becoming the leader of the nationalists in the House of Representatives in 1951, and chair of the house committee on economic affairs.
In 1952 he became a senator, and was appointed chair of the senate committee on domestic affairs. In this position he took responsibility for the sharp economic boom caused by an American economic loan.
As early as 1953 he had been tipped for the presidency, and briefly considered running in the 1954 presidential elections. Instead he chose not to run, instead securing his dominance of the national party and assuming powers equal to that of a head of government.