Juozas Tūbelis

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Juozas Tūbelis
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Prime Minister of Lithuania
In office
23 September 1929 – 24 March 1938
Preceded byAugustinas Voldemaras
Succeeded byVladas Mironas
Minister of Agriculture and State Property
In office
11 November 1918 – 12 March 1919
Succeeded byAleksandras Stulginskis
Prime MinisterAugustinas Voldemaras
Mykolas Sleževičius
Minister of Education
In office
12 April 1919 – 19 June 1920
Preceded byJonas Yčas
Succeeded byKazys Bizauskas
Minister of Finance
In office
3 May 1927 – 24 March 1938
Prime MinisterAugustinas Voldemaras
Preceded byPetras Karvelis
Succeeded byJulius Indrišiūnas
Personal details
Born(1882-04-09)9 April 1882
Ilgalaukis, Russian Empire
Died30 September 1939(1939-09-30) (aged 57)
Kaunas, Lithuania
Political partyParty of National Progress
Lithuanian Nationalist Union
Spouse(s)Jadvyga Chodakauskaitė - Tūbelienė
Alma materRiga Technical University

Juozas Tūbelis (April 9, 1882 in Ilgalaukis, Kovno Governorate – September 30, 1939, Kaunas) was a Lithuanian politician, Prime Minister and member and chairman of the Lithuanian Nationalists Union.

In 1908, he graduated from Polytechnical Institute in Riga receiving a diploma in agronomy. Not being able to find employment in his field, for another two years he worked in Riga as a teacher and then on land exploitation projects. In 1915, he was drafted to the Russian army. He was able to assist Lithuanian Central Relief Committee which helped out refugees and others suffering from war. He traveled across Russia and in 1918 he returned to Lithuania, and worked for the Council of Lithuania at an education commission.

On November 11, 1918, Tūbelis became Minister of Agriculture and State Treasures. On March 12, 1919 he had to resign from the post but became Minister of Education till June 19, 1920. From May 3, 1927 he was Minister of Finances. He held this position until March 24, 1938. On September 23, 1929 he became the Prime Minister of Lithuania. He led three Minister Cabinets (the 14th, 15th and 16th) before resigning on March 24, 1938. Tūbelis was the longest standing Prime Minister of Lithuania. From March 1938 until December 5, 1938 he was Minister of Agriculture. He was also the Governor of the Bank of Lithuania in 1939.[1]

Between political roles, Tūbelis helped to establish and direct large enterprises like Lietūkis (est. in 1923), Maistas (est. in 1925), and Pienocentras (est. in 1926).

After the coup d'état in 1926, his brother-in-law Antanas Smetona became the president. Since the two men agreed on political views, Tūbelis became the second most powerful man in Lithuania in the 1930s. He is credited for stable economy, national currency litas, and small foreign debt despite the Great Depression.


  1. ^ "Historical timeline". www.lb.lt.
  • Simas Sužiedėlis, ed. (1970–1978). "Juozas Tūbelis". Encyclopedia Lituanica. V. Boston, Massachusetts: Juozas Kapočius. pp. 503–504. LCC 74-114275.
  • (in Lithuanian) Juozas Tūbelis, Previous Governments: Between 1918–1940, Government of the Republic of Lithuania. Accessed September 7, 2006.

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Preceded by
Augustinas Voldemaras
Prime Minister of Lithuania
23 September 1929 – 12 June 1934
Succeeded by
Vladas Mironas