Thanas Floqi

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Thanas V. Floqi
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Born (1884-01-14)January 14, 1884
Korçë, Manastir Vilayet, Ottoman Empire
Died 1945
Elbasan, Albania
Nationality Albanian
Occupation teacher, clerk
Known for Albanian Declaration of Independence, 1912
"Malli i Mëmëdheut" society
Spouse(s) Anastasi Dodbiba[1]

Thanas Floqi (14.01.1884 [2] - 1945) was an Albanian educator and patriot, and one of the signatories of the Albanian Declaration of Independence.[3]

He was born in Korçë, back then Ottoman Empire in 1884, son of Vasil Floqi, a merchant. Thanas was the younger brother of Albanian patriot, politician, and writer Kristo Floqi.

Thanas Floqi finished his early education in his home town, then went to Messolongi, where he finished high school. After that he went to Athens to study law, but did not graduate and returned home. He emigrated later to US, where he got in touch with patriotic movements of the Albanian diaspora. He was a contributor in the establishment of "Malli i Mëmëdheut" (Homeland's yearning) which a few years later would become one of the sources for "Vatra Federation". His brother Kristo would become one of the Vatra founders. Thanas would return to Albania in 1912, and settle in Vlorë, where he contributes in the expansion of Albanian education. He also focused in arts and music studies. Floqi opened the first Albanian school in Cakran, near Fier.

Thanas Floqi was one of the signatories of the Albanian Declaration of Independence on November 28, 1912. After that, he worked in the newly created Albanian administration, and as an interpreter for the International Commission of Control, and as first secretary of the Ministry of Justice. In 1913, he settled in Elbasan, where he cooperated with Aqif Pashë Elbasani and worked as a teacher in the Shkolla Normale e Elbasanit. He distinguished himself in musical activities' organizations.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dodbibajt, familja që shpëtoi thesarin e shtetit shqiptar (in Albanian)
  2. ^ Fiqiri Shahinllari (2014-05-24), KRISTO FLOQI- GAZETARI, POLITIKANI, SHKRIMTARI, JURISTI [Kristo Floqi, the journalist, the politician, the writer, the lawyer] (in Albanian), New York: Dielli, retrieved 2014-12-07, Dhe kështu, një natë dimri, më 14 Janar 1884, ditën e shtunë, ora 20 e natës, në mes të një të ftohte të madhe e një thëllimi leu im vëlla,Thanasi, i cili mori këtë emër sepse u lind afër kremtes së Shën Thanasit që bie në 18 të Janarit. Thanasi është 12 vjet më i vogël se mua…Edhe sot punon si avokat në Elbasan 
  3. ^ Entstehung und Ausbau der Königsdiktatur in Albanien (1912-1939): Regierungsbildungen, Herrschaftsweise und Machteliten in einem jungen Balkanstaat, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, 1987. p.24, ISBN 3-486-54321-0
  4. ^ Eno Koço (2004). Albanian Urban Lyric Song in the 1930s. Scarecrow Press. pp. 92–. ISBN 978-0-8108-4890-0. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 

Sources[edit]

  • "History of Albanian People" Albanian Academy of Science.ISBN 9992716231