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Life and work
Born in 1854 in Apeiranthos, Naxos, Protopapadakis studied mathematics and engineering in Paris but was keenly interested in politics. He was a professor at the Scholi Evelpidon, the military academy of Greece.
Protopadakis was elected to the Hellenic Parliament in 1902 as a member of the conservative Nationalist Party. He later joined the People's Party and served as Minister of Economy and later, in the government of Dimitrios Gounaris, he was the Justice Minister (1921–22). In 1922, during the ill-fated Greco-Turkish War, Protopapadakis was asked to form a government by King Constantine when Gounaris resigned after almost losing a vote of confidence. Protopapadakis became Prime Minister and Gounaris the Justice Minister, and remained so for a few weeks until overthrown by a military coup d'état.
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| Prime Minister of Greece
9 May – 28 August 1922
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