József Vass

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József Vass
Minister of Religion and Education of Hungary
In office
16 December 1920 – 16 June 1922
Preceded by István Haller
Succeeded by Kunó Klebelsberg
Personal details
Born (1877-04-25)25 April 1877
Sárvár, Austria-Hungary
Died 8 September 1930(1930-09-08) (aged 53)
Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary
Political party KGSZP, KNEP, Unity Party
Profession politician, provost

József Vass (25 April 1877 – 8 September 1930) was a Hungarian politician, who served as Minister of Religion and Education between 1920 and 1922. He finished his theological studies in Rome. After his ordination he became chaplain in Adony. He was transferred to Székesfehérvár, where he devised a religious daily. Vass became director of the Saint Emeric Dormitory in 1911. He worked as a teacher for the University of Pest's Faculty of Theology from 1917. he became a member of the Diet of Hungary in 1920.

Pál Teleki appointed him Minister of Food on 15 August 1920. After that he served as Minister of Religion and Education. During the king's attempts to retake the throne of Hungary he tried to mediate between Charles IV and Regent Miklós Horthy, because he had good legitimist relations. From 1922 until his death he served as Minister of Welfare and Labour. His notion anti-worker pervaded his social policy activity. He revealed huge material abuses in his ministry.

He organized the rescue and restoring works on the time of the flood of Budapest in 1923. He became provost of Kalocsa in 1924. He was awarded with the honour citizenship of Esztergom in 1926 and of Újpest in 1928.


Political offices
Preceded by
István Haller
Minister of Religion and Education
Succeeded by
Kunó Klebelsberg