Benizelos Roufos

Benizelos Roufos (Greek: Μπενιζέλος Ρούφος; 1795–1868)[1] was a Greek politician and Prime Minister of Greece.

Benizelos Roufos
Μπενιζέλος Ρούφος
Prime Minister of Greece
In office
10 May 1863 – 30 October 1863
Preceded byDiomidis Kyriakos
Succeeded byDimitrios Voulgaris
In office
11 December 1865 – 21 June 1866
MonarchGeorge I
Preceded byEpameinondas Deligeorgis
Succeeded byDimitrios Voulgaris
Personal details
Patras, Ottoman Greece
Died18 March 1868 (aged 73)
Patras, Kingdom of Greece


Early lifeEdit

Roufos was born in Patras in 1795, a scion of the wealthy Roufos-Kanakaris family. He was the son of Athanasios Kanakaris who fought during the Greek War of Independence.


During the government of Ioannis Kapodistrias (1828–1830), Roufos became governor of Elis. Later he would also serve as Foreign Minister. In 1855, Roufos was elected Mayor of Patras, a post he held for three years. When King Otto was exiled in 1862, Roufos became one of three viceroys - along with Konstantinos Kanaris and Dimitrios Voulgaris - that held power from 10 October 1862 until 19 October 1863. Roufos served twice times as Prime Minister of Greece, with his first term interrupted for a few days in June 1863.


Roufos died in Patras on 18 March 1868.


  1. ^ Note: Greece officially adopted the Gregorian calendar on 16 February 1923 (which became 1 March). All dates prior to that, unless specifically denoted, are Old Style.

Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Greece
10 May 1863 – 30 October 1863
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Greece
11 December 1865 – 21 June 1866
Succeeded by