Benizelos Roufos

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Benizelos Roufos

Benizelos Roufos (Greek: Μπενιζέλος Ρούφος; 1795–1868)[1] was a Greek politician and Prime Minister of Greece.

Early Life[edit]

Roufos was born in Patras in 1795, a scion of the wealthy Roufos-Kanakaris family. He was the son of Athanasios Kanakaris who fought during the Greek War of Independence.

Career[edit]

During the government of Ioannis Kapodistrias (1828–1830), Roufos became governor of Elis. Later he would also serve as Foreign Minister. In 1855, Roufos was elected Mayor of Patras, a post he held for three years. When King Otto was exiled in 1862, Roufos became one of three viceroys - along with Konstantinos Kanaris and Dimitrios Voulgaris - that held power from October 10, 1862 until October 19, 1863. Roufos served twice times as Prime Minister of Greece, with his first term interrupted for a few days in June 1863.

Death[edit]

Roufos died in Patras on March 18, 1868.

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Diomidis Kyriakos
Prime Minister of Greece
May 10, 1863 – October 30, 1863
Succeeded by
Dimitrios Voulgaris
Preceded by
Epameinondas Deligeorgis
Prime Minister of Greece
December 11, 1865 – June 21, 1866
Succeeded by
Dimitrios Voulgaris
  1. ^ Note: Greece officially adopted the Gregorian calendar on 16 February 1923 (which became 1 March). All dates prior to that, unless specifically denoted, are Old Style.