|18th Prime Minister of Finland|
21 September 1944 – 17 November 1944
|President||Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim|
|Preceded by||Antti Hackzell|
|Succeeded by||Juho Kusti Paasikivi|
|Born||30 December 1886
|Died||8 March 1965(aged 78)|
|Political party||National Coalition Party|
Urho Jonas Castrén (30 December 1886 in Jyväskylä – 8 March 1965 in Helsinki) was a judge, serving for 27 years as the President of the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland. During the constitutional crisis of 1944, Castrén representing the National Coalition Party became Prime Minister of Finland for a brief period.
Urho Jonas Castrén was born 30 December 1886, in Jyväskylä to Johannes Castrén and Amanda Ulrika Jussilainen. He attended the Lyceum of Jyväskylä, completing his studies of the classics in 1904 and earning a legal degree in 1907. He took his Master of Laws in 1910 and obtained a degree in rights in 1912. Between 1918 and 1927 he taught at the Agriculture and Forestry division and Political Science Department of the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki as a specialty teacher.
He joined the law firm of Jonas Castrén and worked as an assistant from 1913 to 1914. In 1914, he became a legal counselor and a member of the Helsinki City Court, where he remained until 1917 when he transferred to the Residential Tax Assessor's office. He served on the assessor's Board of Directors between 1917 and 1922. Castrén entered the judiciary in 1922 first serving as Saarijärven judicial district judge until 1926, then as Deputy Chancellor of Justice between 1926 and 1928; Chancellor of Justice from 1928 to 1929; and finally as President of the Supreme Administrative Court from 1929 to 1956.
|Prime Minister of Finland
Juho Kusti Paasikivi