Ferenc Nagy

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Ferenc Nagy
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1st Prime Minister of the Second Hungarian Republic
In office
4 February 1946 – 31 May 1947
Preceded by Zoltán Tildy
Succeeded by Lajos Dinnyés
Personal details
Born (1903-10-08)8 October 1903
Bisse, Austria-Hungary
Died 12 June 1979(1979-06-12) (aged 75)
Herndon, United States
Nationality Hungarian
Political party Smallholders Party

Ferenc Nagy (8 October 1903 – 12 June 1979) was a Hungarian politician of the Smallholders Party. He was a Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary from 29 November 1945 to 5 February 1946 and a member of the High National Council from 7 December 1945 to 2 February 1946.

Nagy was reported to be of peasant origins.[1]

Later he served as Prime Minister of Hungary from 4 February 1946 to 31 May 1947. He was elected in 1946, in Hungary's first democratic election. As prime minister, he resisted attempts by the Hungarian Communist Party to gain complete control of the government. He refused attempts by the Communists to become a puppet of a Soviet backed police state, but resigned under duress (they had kidnapped his son). He gave up the premiership in return for his son and 300,000 Swiss francs. Subsequently he was granted asylum in the United States.

He documented his life and political career in The Struggle behind the Iron Curtain, published by MacMillan in 1948.

Royalties from his memoirs helped him buy a house with a substantial garden plot in Herndon, Virginia (then an exurb of Washington, D.C.), there to live out his days.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heino Nyyssönen (2001). "Nagy, Ferenc (1903-79)". In Bernard A. Cook. Europe Since 1945: An Encyclopedia. Volume II, K - Z. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc. pp. 335–336. ISBN 9780815313366. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Béla Zsedényi
Provisional National Assembly
Speaker of the National Assembly
1945–1946
Succeeded by
Béla Varga
Preceded by
Zoltán Tildy
Prime Minister of Hungary
1946–1947
Succeeded by
Lajos Dinnyés
Preceded by
Jenő Tombor
Minister of Defence
Acting

1946
Succeeded by
Albert Bartha