František Udržal

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František Udržal

František Udržal (born January 3, 1866 in Dolní Roveň , Austrian Empire , † April 25, 1938 in Prague ) was a politician of the Czech Agrarian Party and Czechoslovak Prime Minister from 1929 to 1932 .


František Udržal came from a Czech-speaking family of large farmers and village judges from the Pardubitz district . He studied agricultural sciences at the Friedrichs University in Halle before becoming an economic clerk in Lower Styria . He was a member of the Young Czechs and member of the Austrian House of Representatives (1897–1918). From 1903 the politician belonged to the Czech Agrarian Party . From autumn 1918 he was a member of the Czechoslovak National Committee . In the newly founded Czechoslovakia he was Minister of Defense from 1921 to 1925 and 1926 to 1929. Prime Minister Antonín Švehla had to suspend official business from February 1, 1929 due to illness. František Udržal, who took over the business without any personnel changes, only expected a transition period and expected Švehla to return soon - he mentioned this hope very clearly in his government statement - and promised continuity. After Hlinka's party HSĽS left the government on October 8, 1929, Udržal announced early elections for October 27, 1929 and his resignation. After the election, the Czech and German social democrats join the hitherto supranational bourgeois-agrarian coalition government. On October 29, 1932 , he left office after he had been urged by the right wing of his party to give up office.


Web links

Commons : František Udržal  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Antonín Švehla , CV on the server of the Government of the Czech Republic, online at:
  2. Programové prohlášení vlády (government declaration) of February 14, 1929, online at: