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Syngman Rhee

Syngman RheeAKA Yu Sung-man

Born: 26-Mar-1875
Birthplace: Whanghae, Korea
Died: 19-Jul-1965
Location of death: Honolulu, HI
Cause of death: Stroke
Remains: Buried, Seoul National Cemetery, Seoul, South Korea

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: Asian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Head of State

Nationality: South Korea
Executive summary: First President of South Korea

Headed the Korean Provisional Government in exile for twenty years. With American backing Rhee was elected first President of Korea, which he ruled with a strong hand for twelve critical years. He was forced to resign on 26th April 1960 over the results of the disputed Vice Presidential election, which was fraudulent in favor of Rhee's apparent successor, with 90% of the vote claimed. The National Assembly voted for his resignation, after which the American CIA spirited him away to a life in exile, where he died in 1965.

Wife: Francesca Donner (b. in Austria, m. 8-Oct-1934, one son)

    High School: Paejae High School (1894-)
    University: George Washington University (1907)
    University: MA, Harvard University (1909)
    University: PhD Politics, Princeton University (1910)

    President of South Korea 13-Aug-1948 to 26-Apr-1960
    Declared Martial Law May-1952

Author of books:
Japan Inside Out (1940)


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