He attended primary school in St. Anthony Mary Externato Zacharias in Rio de Janeiro and Escola Jesus Maria José, El Salvador. The high school, in the State College of Bahia, Bahia Gym at the time in his homeland. Gym in Bahia, took the first steps in politics and chaired the Student Guild.
In 1946, he joined the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bahia, where he was very active politically and served as Chairman of the Central Directory of Students.
He graduated in 1952.
They were classmates: Antonio Carlos Alexis Sepúlveda, Carlos Lopes Bastos, Gregory Santos Abreu, Leide Moraes, Pliny Garcês Sena, Remilson Tourinho Domeneck, Robert Simon Son, Ruy Machado da Silva, Bernardo Spector, Carlos Brenha Clark, Helio Alves Héloy Dias, José Augusto Soares Barreto, Moses and Schiper Ubaldino Barbosa, Benevides Washington. Leiden Moraes became Professor of Obstetrics, Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and Vice Rector. José Augusto Soares Barreto was a professor and a founder of the School of Medicine, Federal University of Sergipe. Other colleagues remained in Bahia, many of them were professors of renowned physicians and society baiaina. Of these, deserves special mention Pliny Garcês Sena, disappeared early.
Antonio Carlos Magalhaes was elected State Representative and then Congressman (in 1958, 1962 and 1966).
In 1967, he served as mayor of Salvador.
Nominated for Governor, he served from 1971 to 1975. In 1979 and 1990 was reelected to the same office by popular vote,
Between 1975 and 1919, presided Eletrobrás and from 1985 to 1990, he was Minister of Communications, the Sarney government.
During the government of President Quadros (January-August 1961), Antonio Carlos Magalhaes stood against the president, leading a strong opposition. When the government decided to head away from the rectory of the University of Bahia Dean Edgar Santos, expressed his displeasure, driving telegram as follows: "The stinginess of his gesture gives the exact measure of his character." Given the refusal of officials of mail in the message, he published it in newspapers of Salvador.
Doctor, journalist, university professor and public man of enviable reputation, was elected to the Senate for more than once, and held the presidency of the highest legislative chamber in the country.
He died in 2007, after providing relevant services to the State of Bahia and Brazil.
1. Available in http://pt.wikipedia.org/Ant% C3% B4nio_Carlos-_Magalh% C3% A3es.Acesso on July 27, 2009.
2. Biographical Dictionary-History-Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, 2007.