Péter Ágoston

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Péter Ágoston
People's Commissar of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
In office
1 August 1919 – 7 August 1919
Preceded by Béla Kun
Succeeded by Gábor Tánczos
Personal details
Born (1874-03-25)25 March 1874
ROU Jimbolia COA.png Zsombolya, Austria-Hungary
Died 6 September 1925(1925-09-06) (aged 51)
Grandes Armes de Paris.svg Paris, French Third Republic
Political party Socialist Party of Hungary
Profession politician, journalist

Péter Ágoston (25 March 1874 - 6 September 1925) was a Hungarian politician, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1919. Before the First World War he published articles for the Világ, Népszava, Huszadik század and the Szocializmus newspapers. After the Aster Revolution he was the Chairman of the National Council in Nagyvárad. In Dénes Berinkey's cabinet he served as state secretary of the interior. During the Hungarian Soviet Republic he tried to make connections with the Entente Powers as deputy People's Commissar of Foreign Affairs. Gyula Peidl appointed him as People's Commissar, but after few days the Peidl cabinet fell after a coup led by István Friedrich. Ágoston was arrested and sentenced to death. However he was induced by the Soviet Union through the occasion of a prisoner exchange. After that he lived in emigration (Moscow, London, finally Paris). He translated works of Engels, Bebel and Mehring to Hungarian language on Pál Rab pseudonym.


Political offices
Preceded by
Béla Kun
People's Commissar of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Gábor Tánczos