Thomas Remengesau Sr.

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Thomas Remengesau, Sr.
Thomas Ongelibel Remengesau.jpg
Acting President of Palau
In office
30 June 1985 – 2 July 1985
Preceded by Haruo Remeliik
Succeeded by Alfonso Oiterong
2nd Vice President of Palau
In office
25 October 1985 – 20 August 1988
President Lazarus Salii
Preceded by Alfonso Oiterong
Succeeded by Kuniwo Nakamura
4th President of Palau
In office
20 August 1988 – 1 January 1989
Vice President Vacant
Preceded by Lazarus Salii
Succeeded by Ngiratkel Etpison
Personal details
Born Thomas Ongelibel Remengasau
(1929-11-28) 28 November 1929 (age 88)
Koror, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
(now Palau)
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Ferista Esang
Children 8 (including Thomas "Tommy" Remengesau Jr.)

Thomas Ongelibel Remengesau (born 28 November 1929),[1] also known Thomas Remengesau Sr., is a politician in Palau. He was Vice President of Palau from 1985 to 1988, and acting President of Palau twice (1985 and 1988–1989), following the violent deaths of two presidents.

When President Haruo Remeliik was assassinated in June 1985, Vice President Oiterong returned from New York City to Palau on 2 July to take office of the President. Between these dates Minister of Justice Remengesau served as acting President until 2 July 1985.[2]

Remengesau was elected as Vice President in the special election in August 1985. After the shooting of President Lazarus Salii in August 1988, Remengesau became the President of Palau until Ngiratkel Etpison was sworn in January 1989.[3]


Remengesau is married to Ferista Esang Remengesau, who served as First Lady of Palau during her husband's brief terms as President. They have eight children. Their eldest child is Thomas Remengesau Jr.,[4] who has been the President of Palau from 2001 to 2009 and since 2013. A daughter of Thomas Remengesau Sr. and Ferista Esang Remengesau married Surangel Whipps Jr., a businessman and Palauan Senator who was a candidate in the 2016 Palauan presidential election.[5]


Political offices
Preceded by
Haruo Remeliik
Acting President of Palau
Succeeded by
Alfonso Oiterong
Preceded by
Alfonso Oiterong
Vice President of Palau
Succeeded by
Kuniwo Nakamura
Preceded by
Lazarus Salii
President of Palau
Succeeded by
Ngiratkel Etpison