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Vasile Lucaciu (January 21, 1852 in Apa, Szatmár – November 29, 1922 in Satu Mare) was a Romanian Greek-Catholic priest and an advocate of equal rights with the Hungarians in Transylvania.

Vasile Lucaciu
Vasile Lucaciu BM.JPG
Bust in Baia Mare
Born(1852-01-21)21 January 1852
Died29 November 1922(1922-11-29) (aged 70)
ResidenceAustria, Austria-Hungary, Romania
CitizenshipAustria-Hungary, Romania
Known forjournalistic activity
Scientific career
FieldsPolitics, Theology
Influencedpolitical thought in Austria-Hungary and Romania
Vasile Lucaciu (fifth from the left, bottom row) with the other co-signers of the Transylvanian Memorandum

He was a member of the National Romanian Party and a co-author of the Transylvanian Memorandum (1892). As a consequence, Vasile Lucaciu was tried for "homeland betrayal" in Kolozsvár/Cluj in May 1894 and sentenced to five years in prison. However he was released after one year.

In 1905 he was elected deputy for the Belényes/Beiuş constituency in the Hungarian Parliament.

In March 1917, Vasile Lucaciu was a member of a group of exiled Romanian Habsburg subjects who were sent as a delegation to the United States to campaign for Romania's cause.


  • Alexandru Ciura, "Biografia părintelui Vasile Lucaciu" (Sibiu, 1928).
  • Florin Mirghesiu - "Iaşi - Washington via Siberia, Coreea, Japonia şi Hawaii", in Magazin Istoric, no. 12, December 2004.
  • Gelu Neamţu, "Vasile Lucaciu şi voluntarii români în armata Statelor Unite în primul război mondial (1917-1918)", In: AUDC ist., 2001.