|1st Prime Minister of the Second Hungarian Republic|
4 February 1946 – 31 May 1947
|Preceded by||Zoltán Tildy|
|Succeeded by||Lajos Dinnyés|
8 October 1903|
|Died||12 June 1979
Herndon, United States
|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.
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.
Further reading 
- Nagy, Ferenc; Stephen K Swift (1948). The struggle behind the Iron Curtain. New York: Macmillan Company. OCLC 186311583.
- Nagy, Ferenc (1963). The statesman in the free world and in communism. OCLC 24070950. Audiobook on tape : Lectures, speeches; English.
- Nagy, Ferenc (1990). Küzdelem a vasfüggöny mögött (in Hungarian). Budapest: Európa : História. ISBN 978-963-07-5171-1. OCLC 24084729.
- Vida, István (1990). Ferenc Nagy, a Hungarian agrar-democrat in the first half of the 20th Century : (sketch of his portrait). Budapest: Történettudományi Intézet. OCLC 38784552. Retrieved 27 October 2008.
- Csicsery-Rónay, István (1995). Nagy Ferenc miniszterelnök : visszamelékezések, tanulmányok, cikkek (in Hungarian). Budapest: Ezerkilencszáznegyvenöt Alapítvány : Occidental Press. ISBN 978-963-7871-05-4. OCLC 36083793. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
- Csicsery-Rónay, István (2005). A történelem szolgálatában : (tanulmányok, cikkek, beszédek) (in Hungarian). Budapest: Occidental Press. ISBN 978-963-7871-26-9. OCLC 78888454. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
- A film clip "Longines Chronoscope with Ference (SIC) Nagy" is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
- Speech by Ferenc Nagy on 23 March 1968, discussing America and the future of East Central Europe. From the University of Alabama's Emphasis Symposium on Contemporary Issues.
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