Alexandros Diomidis

Politician

1875 – 1950

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Who was Alexandros Diomidis?

Alexandros Diomedes was a governor of the Central Bank of Greece who became Prime Minister of Greece upon the death of Themistoklis Sophoulis.

Diomedes was born in Athens, Greece to an Arvanite family from Spetses on January 3, 1875. His grandfather was former Prime Minister Diomidis Kiriakos. He studied law and economics in Weimar and Paris and earned a doctorate from the University of Berlin. In 1905, he became a professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

He was a member of the Athens Academy.

Diomedes was appointed prefect of the Attica and Boeotia Prefecture in 1909. In 1910, he was elected to the Hellenic Parliament under the banner of the Liberal Party. From 1912 to 1915 and again in 1922 he served as Minister for Finance.

Diomedes became Governor of the National Bank of Greece in 1923 and Governor of the Bank of Greece in 1928.

He became Prime Minister upon the death of Sophoulis. It was during his term in office that the Greek Civil War was concluded.

Diomedes was forced to resign amid a scandal involving his Minister for Transport, Hatzipanos. He died later in that same year.

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Born
Jan 3, 1875
Athens
Also known as
  • Диомидис, Александрос
Religion
  • Greek Orthodox Church
Profession
Died
Nov 11, 1950
Athens
Resting place
First Cemetery of Athens

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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