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Ásgeir Ásgeirsson

1952-1968

Iceland's second President, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, was born on 13 May 1894 and died on 15 September 1972. His wife, Dóra Þórhallsdóttir, was born on 23 February 1893 and died on 10 September 1964.

Ásgeir Ásgeirsson was elected President on 29 June 1952 and returned without opposition in 1956, 1960 and 1964, stepping down in 1968.

Ásgeir matriculated in 1912, took a degree in Theology at the University of Iceland in 1915 and pursued further studies at the Universities of Copenhagen and Uppsala in 1916-1917. Honorary doctorates were conferred on him by the University of Manitoba in 1961 and the University of Edinburgh in 1967.

He sat as a member of parliament for the Progressive Party from 1923 to 1934, as an independent from 1934 to 1937 and as a member for the Social Democratic Party from 1937 to 1952. He was Speaker of the United Alþingi in 1930-1931 and Deputy Speaker in 1928-1929. In 1931-1932 he was Minister of Finance; in 1932 he became Prime Minister, continuing with the finance portfolio and serving until 1934.

Ásgeir was secretary to the Bishop of Iceland in 1915-1916, secretary in the National Bank in Reykjavík in 1917-1918 and a teacher at the Teachers’ Training College from 1918 to 1927. From 1926 to 1931, and again from 1934 to 1938 he was State Superintendent in Reykjavík from 1938 to 1952 he was Manager of the Fisheries Bank in Reykjavík.