Géza Fejérváry

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Géza Fejérváry
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Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Hungary
In office
18 June 1905 – 8 April 1906
Monarch Francis Joseph I
Preceded by István Tisza
Succeeded by Sándor Wekerle
Personal details
Born (1833-03-15)15 March 1833
Josefstadt (today Fortress Josefov), Jaroměř (city), Kingdom of Bohemia, Austrian Empire (today part of the Czech Republic)
Died 25 April 1914(1914-04-25) (aged 81)
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Nationality Hungarian

Baron Géza Fejérváry de Komlós-Keresztes (15 March 1833 – 25 April 1914) was a Hungarian general who served as the prime minister in a government of bureaucrats appointed by King Franz Joseph during the Hungarian Constitutional Crisis of 1903–1907.

Biography[edit]

He began his career in the army. As a captain in 1859, he participated in an action on hotly contested heights of San Martino in front of Solferino; for his heroism in this, he won the cross of Maria Theresa — Austria-Hungary's highest military decoration. In 1864 fought against the Danes in the Second Schleswig War.

In 1872 Fejérváry became State Secretary in the Hungarian Ministry of National Defence (Honvéd) and Minister of National Defence in 1884. In 1895 he persuaded Franz Joseph to agree to the religious and political reforms of the Sándor Wekerle ministry. In 1903 he resigned, together with the prime minister, Kálmán Széll, owing to the rejection of a bill to increase the contingent of recruits, and was appointed captain of the Hungarian Life-Guards organized at that time.

Fejérváry was appointed premier 18 June 1905. The parliamentary majority declared that the Fejérváry ministry was unconstitutional, and organized a national opposition against it. Fejérváry nevertheless succeeded in settling these differences by the so-called Pactum, on the basis of which the Wekerle ministry was formed 8 April 1906. From this time onwards Fejervary's political activity ceased and he resumed his military career. On the death of Prince Esterházy, Captain of the Hungarian Royal Guard, Fejerváry was appointed his successor.

He died of cancer of the tongue.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Béla Orczy
Minister of Defence
1884–1903
Succeeded by
Dezső Kolossváry
Preceded by
László Szőgyény-Marich
Minister besides the King
Acting

1892
Succeeded by
Lajos Tisza
Preceded by
András Bethlen
Minister of Agriculture
Acting

1894
Succeeded by
Andor Festetics
Preceded by
Gyula Andrássy the Younger
Minister besides the King
Acting

1895
Succeeded by
Sámuel Jósika
Preceded by
István Tisza
Prime Minister of Hungary
1905–1906
Succeeded by
Sándor Wekerle
Preceded by
Károly Khuen-Héderváry
Minister besides the King
1905–1906
Succeeded by
Aladár Zichy
Preceded by
László Lukács
Minister of Finance
Acting

1905–1906
Succeeded by
Ferenc Hegedűs