President of Portugal. Sampaio served as President from 9 March 1996 until 9 March 2006. He was a member of the Socialist Party of Portugal. He served for two terms winning his second term in 2001. As President he was focused on social and cultural affairs. It was generally felt that his presidency was marked by a firm sense of prudence and moderation. He was defeated for his third term bid in 2006 by the individual he had beaten in 1996. His parents were Arnaldo de Sampaio (1908–1984), a physician and his mother was Fernanda Bensaúde Branco (1908 – 15 February 2000). He had one brother Daniel Sampaio. As a young child he attended American School of Lisbon. As a college student he attended and graduated from University of Lisbon Faculty of Law. After graduating in 1961 he started practice law defending political prisoners. At the time of his death he was married to his second wife the former First Lady Maria José Rodrigues Ritta Sampaio with whom he had two children Vera Ritta de Sampaio and André Ritta de Sampaio. During his political career he held four other political offices Leader of the Opposition 1988-1992, Secretary-General of the Socialist Party 1989-1992, Mayor of Lisbon 1990-1995 and High-Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations 2007-2013. On August 27 while in the Algarve he started having breathing issues and was transported by helicopter to Lisbon, to the Hospital de Cruz, in Carnaxide where he passed away on the 10th of September 2021.
Bio by: Danny Hackney