Steingrímur Steinþórsson

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Steingrímur Steinþórsson

Steingrímur Steinþórsson (born February 12, 1893 in Mývatn ; † November 14, 1966 ) was an Icelandic politician of the Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn) and Prime Minister of Iceland .


After school education and an apprenticeship as an accountant , he completed a degree at the Business School in Copenhagen , which he graduated in 1924. He then worked as a teacher at the agricultural school of Hvanneyri until 1928 and then until 1935 as the rector of the agricultural school in Hólar .

His political career began in 1931 as a candidate for the Progress Party with the election of a member of the Althing , which he belonged (with interruptions from 1933 to 1937 and 1942 to 1946) to 1959 as a representative of the Skagafjarðarsýsla district . From 1949 to 1950 he was President of the Althing.

On March 14, 1950, he succeeded Ólafur Thors himself as Prime Minister of Iceland and took over the office of Minister of Social Affairs (Félagsmálaráðherra) in his cabinet, which was in office until September 11, 1953. The coalition government he led consisting of the Progress Party and the Independence Party had a broad parliamentary majority with 36 of the 52 Althing mandates. When President Sveinn Björnsson died on January 25, 1952 , Steingrímur, together with the President of the Althing Jón Pálmason and the Supreme Court Judge ( Hæstiréttur ) Jón Ásbjörnsson, formed an interim council that took over the office of the President until Sveinn Björnsson's successor Ásgeir Ásgeirsson on August 1, 1952.

In the subsequent cabinet of Thors he was from September 11, 1953 to July 24, 1956, minister of social affairs and also took over the office of Minister of Agriculture (Landbúnaðarráðherra).

After retiring from politics, he was chairman of Landsbanki Íslands , the oldest and second largest of the Icelandic banks, from 1957 until his death in 1966 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Ministries
  2. Steinþórsson's cabinet
  3. Wolfgang Ismayr: The political systems of Western Europe . Springer-Verlag, 2008, ISBN 978-3-531-16200-3 , pp. 202 ( limited preview in Google Book Search [accessed December 27, 2016] illustrated).
  4. ^ Homepage of the Althing
  5. Homepage of the Supreme Court ( Memento of the original from August 10, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. 4. Thor's cabinet

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