Árpád Szakasits (Hungarian: [ˈaːrpaːd ˈsɒkɒʃit͡ʃ]; 6 December 1888 – 3 May 1965) was a Hungarian Social Democrat, then Communist politician. He served as the country's head of state from 1948 to 1950, the first Communist to hold the post.
|President of Hungary|
3 August 1948 – 23 August 1949
|Preceded by||Zoltán Tildy|
|Succeeded by||Himselfas Chairman of the Presidential Council|
|1st Chairman of the Presidential Council of the People's Republic of Hungary|
23 August 1949 – 8 May 1950
|Preceded by||Himselfas President of the Republic|
|Succeeded by||Sándor Rónai|
|Deputy Prime Minister|
4 February 1946 – 3 August 1948
Serving with Mátyás Rákosi
|Prime Minister||Ferenc NagyLajos Dinnyés|
|Preceded by||Jenő Szöllősi|
|Born||6 December 1888|
|Died||3 May 1965 (aged 76)|
|Political party||Social Democratic Party,|
Hungarian Working People's Party,
Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party
|Spouse(s)||Emma Grosz |
Maria Theresia Schneider
A longtime leader of the Hungarian Social Democratic Party, he supported its merger with the Hungarian Communist Party to form the Hungarian Working People's Party. When President Zoltán Tildy was forced to resign, Szakasits was named his successor on 3 August 1948 as part of the final stage of the Communists' complete takeover of the country.
After the adoption of a new Soviet-style Constitution in 1949, the presidency was replaced with a Presidential Council, and Szakasits became its chairman on 23 August 1949, serving until 26 April 1950.
Szakasits was married to Emma Grosz (1888–1954). They had together a son, György (1916–1985) and a daughter, Klára (1918–2001). After the death of his first wife, he remarried. His second wife was Maria Theresia Schneider. This marriage was childless.
| President of Hungary
(first office holder)
| Chairman of the Hungarian Presidential Council