Syngman Rhee

1875 - 1965

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Syngman Rhee (Korean: 이승만; Hanja: 李承晚, pronounced [iː.sɯŋ.man]; 26 March 1875 – 19 July 1965) was a South Korean politician who served as the first president of South Korea from 1948 to 1960. Rhee is also known by his art name Unam (우남; 雩南). Rhee was also the first and last president of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea from 1919 to his impeachment in 1925 and from 1947 to 1948. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Syngman Rhee has received more than 2,680,791 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Syngman Rhee is the 490th most popular politician (up from 504th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from South Korea (up from 5th in 2019) and the 4th most popular South Korean Politician.

Syngman Rhee was the first president of South Korea. He was in office from 1948 to 1960, and he was instrumental in the establishment of South Korea as a democratic country.

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Among politicians, Syngman Rhee ranks 490 out of 19,576Before him are Letizia Ramolino, Neville Chamberlain, Yazid I, Fulgencio Batista, Edward VIII, and Nicolas Sarkozy. After him are Norodom Sihanouk, Christian IX of Denmark, Edward II of England, Merneptah, Gorm the Old, and Heraklonas.

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Among people born in 1875, Syngman Rhee ranks 9Before him are Rainer Maria Rilke, Maurice Ravel, Albert Schweitzer, Ibn Saud, Ferdinand Porsche, and Mileva Marić. After him are Gerd von Rundstedt, Jeanne Calment, Albert I of Belgium, Aleister Crowley, Mikhail Kalinin, and Vallabhbhai Patel. Among people deceased in 1965, Syngman Rhee ranks 5Before him are Winston Churchill, Malcolm X, Le Corbusier, and Albert Schweitzer. After him are Farouk of Egypt, Martin Buber, Moshe Sharett, Stan Laurel, Edward Victor Appleton, Eli Cohen, and Louise Mountbatten.

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In South Korea

Among people born in South Korea, Syngman Rhee ranks 4 out of 1,128Before him are Kim Il-sung (1912), Sejong the Great (1397), and Park Chung-hee (1917). After him are Kim Dae-jung (1924), Gojong of Korea (1852), Moon Jae-in (1953), Yi Sun-sin (1545), Ban Ki-moon (1944), Empress Gi (1315), Sukjong of Joseon (1661), and Jeongjo of Joseon (1752).

Among POLITICIANS In South Korea

Among politicians born in South Korea, Syngman Rhee ranks 4Before him are Kim Il-sung (1912), Sejong the Great (1397), and Park Chung-hee (1917). After him are Kim Dae-jung (1924), Gojong of Korea (1852), Moon Jae-in (1953), Empress Gi (1315), Sukjong of Joseon (1661), Jeongjo of Joseon (1752), Park Geun-hye (1952), and Yeongjo of Joseon (1694).