Shmuel Dayan

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Shmuel Dayan
Shmuel Dayan.jpg
Date of birth (1891-08-08)August 8, 1891
Place of birth Zhashkiv, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1908
Date of death 11 August 1968(1968-08-11) (aged 77)
Knessets 1, 2, 3
Faction represented in Knesset
1949–1959 Mapai

Shmuel Dayan (Hebrew: שמואל דיין‎; 8 August 1891 – 11 August 1968) was a Zionist activist during the British Mandate of Palestine and an Israeli politician who served in the first three Knessets.


Born in the town of Zhashkiv in the Russian Empire (today in Ukraine),[1] he joined the Zionist movement as a boy and emigrated to Palestine, then under Ottoman rule in 1908. He worked in agriculture in Petah Tikva, Rehovot, Yavne'el and Kinneret until 1911,[2] when he became active in Hapoel Hatzair (the Young Workers Party). He was also one of the earliest settlers in Degania, the country's first kibbutz, though he left in 1921 to help establish the moshav Nahalal. According to his grandson, he, as opposed to his wife Devorah, never personally worked more than 2 weeks at the kibbutz, but spent most of his life in hotels.[3] As one of the leaders of the nascent Moshav Movement, he made several trips to the United States and Poland as a Zionist emissary.

1951 Israel Service passport used by Shmuel Dayan.

In 1949, he was elected to the First Knesset for the Mapai party, and served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. In 1951 he used his official Service Passport to travel abroad, mainly to the US, on official meetings. He continued as a member of the next two Knessets, until 1959.

Shmuel Dayan was the father of Israeli general and politician Moshe Dayan and the grandfather of politician Yael Dayan and director Assi Dayan.


  1. ^ Shemuel Dayan Jewish Virtual Library
  2. ^ Tidhar, D. (1949). Entsiklopedyah le-halutse ha-yishuv u-vonav (Vol. 3, p. 1407). Retrieved from
  3. ^ Gideon Levy, 'My hate crime against the Dayan dynasty,' Haaretz, 18 May 2014.

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