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Syngman Rhee
Birth: Feb. 27, 1875
P'yongan-namdo, North Korea
Death: Jul. 19, 1965
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA

South Korean President. In 1919 he was elected president of the Korean Provisional Government in exile, a post he held for 20 years. In 1945 he returned to Korea, now divided into Soviet and United States zones of occupation, and in 1948 was elected president of the newly founded South Korean republic. He led a feeble state, beset by economic problems, army mutiny, government infighting and, most of all, a bitter rivalry with North Korea. On June 25, 1950, North Korean troops, aided by the Soviet Union, invaded South Korea. Thanks to the assembly of a United States.-led United Nations army, Rhee's regime survived. He strongly advocated that the United Nations forces unify his country militarily. However, his allies had more limited goals, causing Rhee to undermine cease-fire talks by unilaterally liberating some 8,000 North Korean prisoners of war in 1953. In spite of his opposition, a truce went into effect on July 27, 1953. He was re-elected in 1956 and won another victory in 1960, supposedly with 90 percent of the vote. However, by this time popular resentment of his autocratic regime was giving rise to widespread anti-government demonstrations and civil disorder. In April the unrest culminated in the so-called Student Revolution, which forced his resignation. Rhee went into voluntary exile in Hawaii, where he died in Honolulu in 1965 at age 90. (bio by: Erik Lander) 
Seoul National Cemetery
Seoul Special City, South Korea
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Record added: Feb 20, 2004
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