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Manuel Maria de Oliveira Ramos was the son of the Porto journalist João Oliveira Ramos, usually known as “Pai Ramos” or Father Ramos, from whom he got his taste for journalism. Oliveira Ramos wrote articles for numerous periodicals such as the Revista de Portugal, A Época, Diário de Notícias, O Século, Diário Ilustrado, Primeiro de Janeiro and Novidades. He finished his secondary education in Porto before moving on to the Army School and later he studied Mathematics at the University of Coimbra. He took the General Staff course and then served first in the 3rd Army Division (Porto) and later in the General Staff corps. He was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant (1888), lieutenant (1890), captain (1893), major (1907) and colonel (1912) and maintained his connection to the armed forces until he passed into the Reserve (1924).