Ferenc Nagy

This article is about the 1940s Prime Minister of Hungary. For the boxer, see Ferenc Nagy (boxer). For the 1990s politician, see Ferenc József Nagy.
Ferenc Nagy
1st Prime Minister of the Second Hungarian Republic
In office
4 February 1946  31 May 1947
Preceded by Zoltán Tildy
Succeeded by Lajos Dinnyés
Personal details
Born (1903-10-08)8 October 1903
Bisse, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary
Died 12 June 1979(1979-06-12) (aged 75)
Herndon, Virginia, 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 (8 October 1903 12 June 1979) was a Hungarian politician of the Smallholders Party. He was a Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary from 29 November 1945 to 5 February 1946 and a member of the High National Council from 7 December 1945 to 2 February 1946.

Nagy was reported to be of peasant origins.[1]

Later he served as Prime Minister of Hungary from 4 February 1946 to 31 May 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.

Nagy documented his life and political career in The Struggle behind the Iron Curtain, published by MacMillan in 1948. In 1959, he was reported to have been the president of Permindex, a trade organization headquartered in Basel, Switzerland [2][3]

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.[4]


  1. Heino Nyyssönen (2001). "Nagy, Ferenc (1903-79)". In Bernard A. Cook. Europe Since 1945: An Encyclopedia. Volume II, K - Z. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc. pp. 335–336. ISBN 9780815313366. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  2. "A Market Place for All the World". The Age. Melbourne. Australian Associated Press / Reuters. 12 March 1959. p. 2. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  3. Ryan, Nigel (16 April 1959). "Phantom City of Mussolini To Become Shopping Centre". The Windsor Daily Star. Windsor, Ontario. Reuters. p. 51. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  4. "Nagy Purchases Farm In Fairfax County". The Washington Post. 4 September 1947.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Béla Zsedényi
Provisional National Assembly
Speaker of the National Assembly
Succeeded by
Béla Varga
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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