Antanas Smetona

1874 - 1944

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Antanas Smetona (Lithuanian: [ɐnˈtǎːnɐs sʲmʲɛtoːˈnɐ] ; 10 August 1874 – 9 January 1944) was a Lithuanian intellectual, journalist and politician who served as the first president of Lithuania from 1919 to 1920 and again from 1926 as a de facto dictator until the Soviet occupation of Lithuania in 1940. Referred to as the "Leader of the Nation" during his presidency, Smetona is recognised as one of the most important Lithuanian political figures between World War I and World War II, and a prominent ideologist of Lithuanian nationalism and the movement for national revival. Smetona was born on 10 August [O.S. 28 July] 1874 in the village of Užulėnis, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire, to a family of farmers, Jonas Smetona and Julijona Kartanaitė – former serfs of the Taujėnai Manor, which belonged to the Radziwiłł family. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Antanas Smetona has received more than 367,826 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Antanas Smetona is the 2,369th most popular politician (down from 2,159th in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Lithuania (down from 18th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Lithuanian Politician.

Antanas Smetona was a Lithuanian politician who served as the President of Lithuania from 1926 to 1940. He is most famous for his efforts to establish an independent Lithuanian state.

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Among politicians, Antanas Smetona ranks 2,369 out of 19,576Before him are Emperor Shenzong of Song, Omri, John IV Laskaris, Tiberius III, Erich Koch, and Donald Rumsfeld. After him are Mohammed Daoud Khan, Berengar II of Italy, Sviatopolk I of Kiev, Albrecht von Roon, Inessa Armand, and Kiya.

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Among people born in 1874, Antanas Smetona ranks 30Before him are Karl Kraus, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Ernest Shackleton, Konstantin Päts, Nicholas Roerich, and Reinhold Glière. After him are Inessa Armand, Gustav Holst, Luigi Einaudi, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Josef Suk, and Abbas II of Egypt. Among people deceased in 1944, Antanas Smetona ranks 39Before him are Glenn Miller, Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, Nikolai Vatutin, Erwin von Witzleben, Gustav Bauer, and Erich Hoepner. After him are Giovanni Gentile, Werner von Haeften, Max Jacob, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Emilio De Bono, and Kasturba Gandhi.

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In Lithuania

Among people born in Lithuania, Antanas Smetona ranks 21 out of 328Before him are Romain Gary (1914), Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875), Jascha Heifetz (1901), Emilia Plater (1806), Dalia Grybauskaitė (1956), and Valdas Adamkus (1926). After him are Barbara Radziwiłł (1520), Marija Gimbutas (1921), Hacı I Giray (1397), Andrew Schally (1926), Vytautas Landsbergis (1932), and Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander (1799).

Among POLITICIANS In Lithuania

Among politicians born in Lithuania, Antanas Smetona ranks 10Before him are Gediminas (1275), Mindaugas (1203), Algirdas (1296), Kęstutis (1297), Dalia Grybauskaitė (1956), and Valdas Adamkus (1926). After him are Hacı I Giray (1397), Vytautas Landsbergis (1932), Algirdas Brazauskas (1932), Gabriel Narutowicz (1865), Sigismund Kęstutaitis (1365), and Gitanas Nausėda (1964).