Marko Došen

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Marko Došen (7 July 1859 – 7 September 1944) was a Croatian politician.

Born in Mušaluk (now part of Gospić), Došen finished elementary school in Lika and one grade of gymnasium in Bjelovar. He entered into trade, but in 1890 moved to Russia where he opened a bookstore in Saint Petersburg. Together with a Russian historian[who?] he published the book Hrvati i njihova borba s Austrijom (Croats and their battle with Austria). He returned to Gospić in 1893 and the following year started his weekly Hrvat which he edited for ten years.

He was a member of Starčević's Party of Rights in the Croatian Parliament from 1913-18. After 1918 he was a member of the Croatian Republican Peasant Party (HRSS). He was elected into the national assembly of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes in 1920, 1923 and 1925.

After the PašićRadić agreement in 1925 he ended his association with Radić's HRSS. After King Alexander declared a royal dictatorship on 6 January 1929, Došen became a member of the Ustaša, a Croatian revolutionary organization. He was an organizer of the Velebit Uprising in 1932. After the proclamation of the Independent State of Croatia he returned to the country. In 1942 he became the president of the Croatian Parliament. Although the Parliament only met a few times within the first year, he retained his position as its president until his death.

Marko Došen died in September 1944 at the age of 85 and was buried at the Mirogoj cemetery with full military and state honors.