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 Antanas Smetona

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Antanas Smetona

  • Birth 10 Aug 1874 Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Death 9 Jan 1944 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio, USA
  • Plot His remains were transferred here in 1975, after having originally been interred in Cleveland's Knollwood Cemetery mausoleum.
  • Memorial ID 9792829

Twice President of Lithuania 1919-20, and 1926-40. A writer and journalist by profession, Smetona was active in the Lithuanian National Movement. He was a member of the Lithuanian National Council and one of the signers of the Lithuanian Declaration of Independence in 1918. He was a member of the Nationalist Party and his authoratitive regime was in power until the 1940 Soviet invasion. Smetona was able to successfully flee Lithuania when the USSR invaded the country on June 15, 1940, being the only President to do so from among the Baltic Republics. He was allowed to settle in the U.S. as a private citizen, and delivered speeches on national radio and to communities to promote Lithuanian independence. His image was circulated on the 1938 10 Litu silver coin, and is found on the 1938 10 Litu banknote of Lithuania, as well as on stamps.

Bio by: Frank Passic, Albion Historian


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Frank Passic, Albion Historian
  • Added: 11 Nov 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9792829
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Antanas Smetona (10 Aug 1874–9 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9792829, citing All Souls Cemetery, Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .