Péter Ágoston

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Péter Ágoston
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People's Commissar of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
In office
1 August 1919 – 7 August 1919
Preceded by Béla Kun
Succeeded by Gábor Tánczos
Personal details
Born (1874-03-25)25 March 1874
Zsombolya, Austria-Hungary
Died 6 September 1925(1925-09-06) (aged 51)
Paris, French Third Republic
Political party Socialist Party of Hungary
Profession politician, journalist

Péter Ágoston (25 March 1874 - 6 September 1925) was a Hungarian politician, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1919. Before the First World War, he published articles for the Világ, Népszava, Huszadik század and the Szocializmus newspapers. After the Aster Revolution, he was the Chairman of the National Council in Nagyvárad. In Dénes Berinkey's cabinet, he served as state secretary of the interior. During the Hungarian Soviet Republic, he tried to make connections with the Entente Powers as deputy People's Commissar of Foreign Affairs. Gyula Peidl appointed him as People's Commissar, but after few days the Peidl cabinet fell after a coup led by István Friedrich. Ágoston was arrested and sentenced to death. However, he was transferred to the Soviet Union through the occasion of a prisoner exchange. After that, he lived in emigration in (Moscow, London, and finally Paris). He translated works of Engels, Bebel and Mehring into Hungarian under the pseudonym, Pál Rab.


Political offices
Preceded by
Béla Kun
People's Commissar of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Gábor Tánczos