Jonas Staugaitis

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Jonas Staugaitis.

Jonas Staugaitis (About this sound pronunciation ; May 20, 1868, Omentiškiai, Suwałki Governorate – January 18, 1952, Kaunas) was the acting President of Lithuania during the December 1926 coup d'état.[1] He was formally elected for few hours as the Speaker of Seimas; as the highest-ranked official, he became de jure the President of Lithuania. He renounced the office after the coup d'état was complete.

He was a doctor, having studied at the Warsaw University. In 1919, he was elected to Lithuanian parliament (Seimas) as a member of the Lithuanian Peasant Populist Party. On June 2, 1926, he was elected the head of Seimas.

He is buried in Petrašiūnai cemetery in Kaunas.


  1. ^ "Jonas Staugaitis" (in Lithuanian). Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
Preceded by
Kazys Grinius
President of Lithuania
18 December 1926 – 19 December 1926
Succeeded by
Aleksandras Stulginskis