Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej

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Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party
In office
30 September 1955 – 19 March 1965
Preceded byGheorghe Apostol
Succeeded byNicolae Ceaușescu
In office
October 1944 – 19 April 1954
Preceded byȘtefan Foriș
Succeeded byGheorghe Apostol
President of the State Council
In office
21 March 1961 – 19 March 1965
Preceded byIon Gheorghe Maurer
Succeeded byChivu Stoica
President of the Council of Ministers
In office
2 June 1952 – 2 October 1955
Preceded byPetru Groza
Succeeded byChivu Stoica
Personal details
Born(1901-11-08)8 November 1901
Bârlad, Romania
Died19 March 1965(1965-03-19) (aged 63)
Bucharest, Romania
Political partyRomanian Communist Party
Spouse(s)Maria Alexe

Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej (8 November 1901 – 19 March 1965) was a Romanian communist politician and electrician. He was the first Communist leader of Romania from 1947 to 1965, serving as first secretary of the Romanian Communist Party (ultimately "Romanian Workers' Party", PMR) from 1944 to 1954 and from 1955 to 1965, and as the first Communist Prime Minister of Romania from 1952 to 1955. He was also the first communist dictator of Romania before Nicolae Ceaușescu .