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Charles Debbas (Arabic: شارل دباس‎) (16 April 1885 – 7 November 1935) was an Eastern Orthodox Lebanese political figure.[1] He was the first President of Lebanon (before independence) and served from September 1, 1926 till January 2, 1934, under the French Mandate of Lebanon (known as Greater Lebanon). He also served as the Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon from January 1934 to October 1934.[2]

Charles Debbas
شارل دباس
Charles Debbas.jpg
1st President of French Mandate of Lebanon
In office
1 September 1926 – 2 January 1934
Succeeded byAntoine Privat-Aubouard (acting)
Personal details
Born(1885-04-16)16 April 1885
Damascus, Ottoman Empire
Died7 November 1935(1935-11-07) (aged 50)
Paris, France


Charles Debbas was from the prominent Beiruti Debbas family which includes many other notable people of Lebanese history. These include Patriarches Athanasius II and III of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch.


  1. ^ Bidwell, Robin (2012). "Dabbas, Charles (1885-1935)". Dictionary Of Modern Arab History. Routledge. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-136-16291-6.
  2. ^ (in Arabic)Republic of Lebanon - House of Representatives History
Preceded by
President of Lebanon
September 1, 1926-January 2, 1934
Succeeded by
Antoine Privat-Aubouard (acting)