Nguyen Van Thieu

President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu

Profession: President of South Vietnam


Biography: Nguyen Van Thieu was a South Vietnamese military officer that served as President of South Vietnam (1967-1975). He initially rose to power as the head of a military junta in 1965, and then won the 1967 presidential election.

Thieu's rule ultimately ended in 1975 with the Fall of Saigon, which heralded the victory of communist North Vietnam. He resigned and fled the country shortly before this, settling instead in Taiwan.

Throughout his rule, Thieu was supported by the United States as a partner in their war against the Viet Cong and North Vietnam. His regime was marred by allegations of corruption and authoritarianism, however this had little effect on their working relationship.

Born: April 5, 1923
Birthplace: Phan Rang, Vietnam

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Aries

Died: September 29, 2001 (aged 78)
Cause of Death: Stroke

Historical Events

  • 1967-09-03 Nguyen Van Thieu elected President of South Vietnam under a new constitution
  • 1967-10-31 Nguyen Van Thieu takes oath of office to become the 1st President of the Second Republic of South Vietnam
  • 1975-04-21 Last South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu resigns after 10 years

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