Béla Varga (politician)

Béla Varga (1903–1995)[1] was a Hungarian Catholic priest and politician. He was one of the founders of the Independent Smallholders' Party. Varga was arrested by the Soviet troops in 1945 and sentenced to death, but released and served as Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary February 7, 1946 – July 3, 1947. Msgr. Varga emigrated to the United States in 1947, where he worked as a priest in New York City, but returned to his native country after the communists lost their power.

Béla Varga
Member of the High National Council
In office
7 December 1945 – 8 January 1946
Preceded byBéla Miklós
Béla Zsedényi
Mátyás Rákosi
Succeeded byZoltán Tildy
as President of the Republic
Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary
In office
7 February 1946 – 3 July 1947
Preceded byFerenc Nagy
Succeeded byÁrpád Szabó
Personal details
Born(1903-02-18)February 18, 1903
Börcs, Austria-Hungary
DiedOctober 13, 1995(1995-10-13) (aged 92)
Budapest, Hungary
ProfessionPriest, politician


  1. ^ "Bela Varga; Hungarian Politician, 92". New York Times. 15 October 1995. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ferenc Nagy
Speaker of the National Assembly
Succeeded by
Árpád Szabó