(1844 - 1927)
Florentino Torres worked in the government for 49 years and spent 44 years in
the judicial branch of the three successive forms of government established in
was born to a poor family in Sta. Cruz,
His uncle Fr. Mariano Torres helped him finish his studies.
obtained his Bachelor of Philosophy from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
In 1892, he served as Teniente Fiscal de la Audiencia Territorial de Cebu and later as Magistrado, Audiencia de la Criminal of same province.
Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, President of the First Philippine Republic designated Florentino Torres, Gen. Ambrosio Flores and Lt. Col. Manuel Arguelles to meet with the American authorities headed by Brigadier -General R.P. Hughes, Col. James F. Smith and Lt. E.H. Crowder for possible adjustment of the political interests of both parties.However, the commission did not achieve any tangible results although Torres did his best to influence the Malolos Government from further making hostile acts against the occupation forces.
that Philippine Independence could not be won by force of arms against the
American forces, he joined the league of peace called pacificacos. He presided over a meeting of its members in the
hinterlands of northern
sympathy with the American civil government was readily rewarded with his
appointment as Attorney – General, the first Filipino to occupy such position.
He and Chief Justice Arellano, together with three American army officers,
composed the board responsible for the reorganization of the municipalities in
He never allowed himself to be swayed by deep - seated prejudices and maintained to the highest degree the independence of the judiciary, thus contributing the prestige and popular respect enjoyed by the courts today.
he was bypassed upon the appointment of Justice Victorino Mapa as Chief Justice
to succeed Arellano, he tendered his resignation to Governor - General Francis
Burton Harrison on
Epifanio de los
with Chief Justice Victorino Mapa and Manuel Araullo, Florentino Torres was
awarded Doctor of Laws, honoris causa,
during the inauguration of Guy Potter Benton as President of the University of
He was the family disciplinarian. He had a conference with his children after the evening dinner. He emphasized the virtue of thrift. For his three daughters, he bought a book entitled Ekonomiya Domestika which served as a guide to the family budget.
The family had enough household helpers but he had his own chore to do at home everyday. He instructed his daughters on household activities, like cooking, sewing and home furnishing.
He urged his children and helpers to hear Mass during Sundays and other holidays of obligations. He mingled with the common people at social gatherings and did this particularly when he was still a member of the bench.
was married to Sabina Vergara with whom he had six children. Manuel, a
prominent lawyer; Luis, former Justice of the Supreme Court; Antonio, Ex - councilor and former chief of police of
died of paralysis in