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Michail Stasinopoulos (Greek: Μιχαήλ Στασινόπουλος; 27 July 1903 – 31 October 2002) was a Greek jurist. He served as President of Greece between 18 December 1974 and 19 July 1975.[1]

Michail Stasinopoulos
President of Greece
In office
18 December 1974 – 19 July 1975
Prime MinisterKonstantinos Karamanlis
Preceded byPhaedon Gizikis
Succeeded byKonstantinos Tsatsos
Personal details
Born(1903-07-27)27 July 1903
Kalamata, Kingdom of Greece
Died31 October 2002(2002-10-31) (aged 99)
Athens, Greece
Political partyNew Democracy
Alma materUniversity of Athens


He studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and was awarded a Ph.D. in Law in 1934. In 1937 he was appointed Associate Professor of Administrative Law at Athens University and in 1943 became a Professor at the Panteion University, where he served as rector from 1951 to 1958.

From 1951 to 1953, he was President of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. In 1952 he served as caretaker Minister to the Prime Minister's Office and Labour Minister in the caretaker government of Dimitrios Kiousopoulos and in 1958 he was Minister for the Presidency in the caretaker government of Konstantinos Georgakopoulos. In 1929, he was accepted into the Council of State, having come first in the entrance examination, and served as President of this body between 1966 and 1969.

In the 1974 Greek legislative election, Michail Stasinopoulos became a Member of Parliament in the nationwide ticket of the New Democracy party. When a referendum (8 December 1974) established Greece as a Republic, Michail Stasinopoulos was elected as President of the Republic by a majority in the Hellenic Parliament. He served as Head of State from 18 December 1974 until 19 July 1975, that is, until the finalization of the new political institutions by the revisionary national assembly through the promulgation of the new Constitution of Greece. Michail Stasinopoulos died on 31 October 2002, aged 99. From 8 February 2000, when former Romania Prime Minister Ion Gheorghe Maurer died until his own death, Stasinopoulos was the world's oldest living former head of state.


Michail Stasinopoulos was a prolific writer. His literary work first appeared in the magazine "The Muse" (1920-1923). He published many scientific articles and literary works, as well as translations of French poetry and prose. In 1968 he was elected to the Athens Academy as a full member and in 1969 and 1970 he was put forward by the President of the French Council of State, René Cassin, as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.[1][2]


Legal offices
Preceded by
Charilaos Mitrelias
President of the Council of State
Succeeded by
Alexandros Dimitsas
Political offices
Preceded by
Phaedon Gizikis
President of Greece
Succeeded by
Konstantinos Tsatsos