Heo Jeong

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Heo Jeong
허정
Heo Jeong.png
Jeong in the early 1950s, during his tenure as the mayor of Seoul.
6th Prime Minister of South Korea
In office
June 15, 1960 – August 18, 1960
Preceded byHeo Jeong (Ministries involved)
Succeeded byChang Myon
Personal details
Born(1896-04-08)April 8, 1896
Pusan, Gyeongsang-do, Joseon Dynasty
(now Busan Metropolitan City, South Korea)
DiedSeptember 18, 1988(1988-09-18) (aged 92)
Seoul, South Korea
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Baek Gui-Ran
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationHeo Jeong
McCune–ReischauerHŏ Chŏng
Pen name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationUyang
McCune–ReischauerUyang

Heo Jeong (Korean허정; Hanja許政; April 8, 1896 – September 18, 1988) was a South Korean politician and Korean independence activist, who served as the sixth Prime Minister of South Korea during the country's Second Republic.[1]

In 1960 he was an acting prime minister during the First South Korean Republic. In addition, he headed a caretaker government for a brief time following the 1960 April Revolution which overthrew the First Republic. Heo was also known by the nickname, "Uyang" (우양; 友洋; literally "friend of the seas"), and an alternative name, Heo Sung-su (허성수; 許聖洙).

Career[edit]

Heo Jeong was born in Busan, South Gyeongsang province. His father, Heo Mun-il, was a wealthy merchant. In 1922, Heo went into political asylum, where he lent a hand to Syngman Rhee. From 1922 to 1936, Heo participated in Korean resistance movements. On September 2, 1945, he joined the Korea Democratic Party. In 1950, he was appointed to Acting Prime Minister and later in 1951, additionally was Minister of Health until 1952.[clarification needed] From 1957 to 1959 he was appointed as Mayor of Seoul and was later dispatched to Japan as the South Korean special envoy to Japan. On April 16, he became Foreign Minister. On April 25, he was appointed Acting Prime Minister, and the following day President Syngman Rhee resigned. Heo Jeong was additionally Acting President to August 18 of that year. On July 16, 1960, he was appointed as the 6th Prime Minister of South Korea, by the National Assembly. He was remained Acting President of South Korea until succeeded by Yun Bo-seon on his election.

In 1919, he met Syngman Rhee in a Methodist church of Seoul. From then until 1960, Heo Jeong was Syngman Rhee's enthusiastic follower.

Bibliography[edit]

  • For After Day's Testimony (《내일을 위한 증언》; SaemTer, 1979)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yahu! Baekgwasajeon 야후! 백과사전 In Korean: [Yahoo! Encyclopedia], s.v. "Heo Jeong" (허정)". Archived from the original on 2012-07-14.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Chang Myon
Prime Minister of South Korea(Acting)
1951
Succeeded by
Chang Myon
Preceded by
Baek Han Seong
Ministries involved
1960
Succeeded by
Heo Jeong
(6th Prime Minister)
Preceded by
Heo Jeong
(Ministries involved)
6th Prime Minister of South Korea
1960
Succeeded by
Chang Myon
Preceded by
Min Hye-Sik
2nd Transportation Minister of South Korea
1948 - 1950
Succeeded by
Kim Seok-Kwan
Preceded by
Lee Yun-Young
3rd Social Affairs Minister of South Korea
1950 - 1952
Succeeded by
Choi Chang-Sun
Preceded by
-
3rd Government Services Minister of South Korea
1952
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Ko Jae-bong
8th Mayor of Seoul City
1957 - 1959
Succeeded by
Lim Heung-Soon
Preceded by
Choi Kyu-Ha(Acting)
5th Foreign Affairs Minister of South Korea
1960
Succeeded by
Jeong Il-Hyung