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This article is about the politician. For the boxer see Ferenc Nagy (boxer).
Ferenc Nagy

In office
February 4, 1946 – May 31, 1947
Preceded by Zoltán Tildy
Succeeded by Lajos Dinnyés

Born October 8, 1903(1903-10-08)
Bisse, Austria-Hungary
Died June 12, 1979 (aged 75)
Herndon, United States
Nationality Hungarian
Political party Smallholders Party
The native form of this personal name is Nagy Ferenc. This article uses the Western name order.

Ferenc Nagy (1903-1979) was a Hungarian politician of the Smallholders Party. He was a Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary from November 29, 1945 to February 5, 1946 and a member of the High National Council from December 7, 1945 to February 2, 1946. Later he served as Prime Minister of Hungary from February 4, 1946 to May 31, 1947. He was elected in 1946, in Hungary's first democratic election. As prime minister, he resisted attempts by the Hungarian Communist Party to gain complete control of the government. He refused attempts by the Communists to become a puppet of a Soviet backed police state, but resigned under duress (they had kidnapped his son). He gave up the premiership in return for his son and 300,000 Swiss francs. Subsequently he was granted asylum in the United States.

He documented his life and political career in The Struggle behind the Iron Curtain, published by MacMillan in 1948.

Royalties from his memoirs helped him buy a house with a substantial garden plot in Herndon, Virginia (then an exurb of Washington, D.C.), there to live out his days.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Zoltán Tildy
Prime Minister of Hungary
Succeeded by
Lajos Dinnyés
Preceded by
Jenő Tombor
Minister of Defence

Succeeded by
Albert Bartha


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