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In this Vietnamese name, the family name is Trần, but is often simplified to Tran in English-language text. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Hương.

Trần Văn Hương (1902–1982) was a South Vietnamese politician. He was the penultimate president of South Vietnam prior to its surrender to the communist forces of North Vietnam.


He served as mayor of Saigon twice, and was the Prime Minister from November 1964–January 1965, and from May–August 1969. He also served as vice president under President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu.

During the rule of Ngô Đình Diệm, Hương was jailed for political reasons.

On April 21, 1975, Thiệu resigned and handed the presidency to Hương. On April 28, 1975, after one week as president, Trần Văn Hương resigned and handed power over to General Dương Văn Minh, who presided over the surrender of the government two days later.

Trần Văn Hương was placed under house arrest by the communist regime. When deemed adequately reformed in 1977, his civil rights were restored but he declined. Instead, he asked for all officials of the ARVN to be released from prison before he would take his place among the freed. His request was ignored. The former president died quietly in his own home.

Preceded by
Nguyễn Khánh
Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam
Succeeded by
Phan Huy Quát
Preceded by
Nguyễn Văn Lộc
Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam
Succeeded by
Trần Thiện Khiêm
Preceded by
Nguyễn Văn Thiệu
President of the Republic of Vietnam
Succeeded by
Dương Văn Minh


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