|Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania|
29 December 1937 – 10 February 1938
|Monarch||Carol II of Romania|
|Preceded by||Victor Antonescu|
|Succeeded by||Gheorghe Tătărescu|
22 May 1881|
Ploiești, Kingdom of Romania
|Died||22 May 1951
Istrate Micescu (22 May 1881 – 22 May 1951) was a Romanian lawyer, Law and Political Science professor at the University of Bucharest's Law Department, and politician who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania.
Early life and career
Micescu was born to one of the families of the nobility in Romania, son of professor and liberal politician Nicolae Micescu and Maria Rădulescu on 22 May 1881 in Ploiești. He studied at Sorbonne, where he also obtained his PhD magna cum laude. In 1918, he joined the National Liberal Party of Romania and was a deputy in the Parliament of Romania in 1920, 1927 and 1931. On 29 December 1937, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania in the Goga-Cuza government. He served as Foreign Minister until February 1938.
Micescu was antisemitic and as head of the Justice Department he promoted and brutally enacted antisemitic laws.
On February 7, 1937 Micescu presided the Bucharest Bar Association when it decided to no longer admit to the bar Jewish lawyers.
Imprisonment and death
Married 4 times, he had 3 children: Roger Micescu, Mariana Micescu and Istrate Micescu Jr.
Bound to the land by a passion that had to do with a feudal notion of property, Istrate Micescu used to invest his earnings in small properties, some of which did not return any income. He particularly cared for the one in Ciumești, in the vicinity of Micești, where the roots of his family were and where he had his most beautiful mansion built.
His most famous property was the mansion of Micești, built in 1928 in Neo-Romanian style. The plans were drawn by architect Edmond van Saanen Algi and the building contractor was the famous engineer Corani. Istrate Micescu gathered there a valuable library, but it was scattered away after the establishment of the communist regime. The mansion was also used by the Ceaușescu couple as a hunting lodge.
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