Jonas Staugaitis

Jonas Staugaitis (pronunciation ; May 20, 1868, Omentiškiai, Suwałki Governorate – January 18, 1952, Kaunas) was the acting President of Lithuania during the December 1926 coup d'état.[1] He was formally elected for a few hours as the Speaker of the Seimas; as the highest-ranked official, he also became the de jure President of Lithuania. He renounced the office after the coup d'état was complete.

Jonas Staugaitis
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Acting President of Lithuania
In office
18 December 1926 – 19 December 1926
Preceded byKazys Grinius
Succeeded byAleksandras Stulginskis (Acting)
Speaker of the Seimas
In office
2 June 1926 – 17 December 1926
PresidentAleksandras Stulginskis
Kazys Grinius
Preceded byVytautas Petrulis
Succeeded byAleksandras Stulginskis
Personal details
Born20 May 1868
Omentiškiai, Suwalki Governorate, Russian Empire
Died18 January 1952 (aged 84)
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR
Political partyLithuanian Popular Peasants' Union
Alma materWarsaw University

He was a doctor, having studied at the Warsaw University. In 1919, he was elected to the Seimas (Lithuanian parliament) as a member of the Lithuanian Popular Peasants' Union. On June 2, 1926, he was elected the speaker of Seimas.[2]

He is buried in the Petrašiūnai cemetery in Kaunas.


  1. ^ "Jonas Staugaitis" (in Lithuanian). Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania. Archived from the original on 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  2. ^ "Seimo Pirmininkai - 1920–1940 m. Seimo Pirmininkai" (in Lithuanian). Lietuvos Respublikos Seimas. February 10, 2020.

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Preceded by President of Lithuania

18 December 1926 – 19 December 1926
Succeeded by