Rajendra Prasad

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Rajendra Prasad
Rajendra Prasad (Indian President), signed image for Walter Nash (NZ Prime Minister), 1958 (16017609534).jpg
1st President of India
In office
26 January 1950 – 13 May 1962
Prime MinisterJawaharlal Nehru
Vice PresidentSarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Preceded byPosition established
Chakravarti Rajagopalachari as the Governor General of India
Succeeded bySarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Personal details
Born(1884-12-03)3 December 1884
Ziradei, Bengal Presidency, British India (present-day Bihar, India)
Died28 February 1963(1963-02-28) (aged 78)
Patna, Bihar, India
Cause of deathHeart Attack
NationalityIndian
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)
Rajavanshi Devi Prasad
(m. 1896; died 1962)
Alma materUniversity of Calcutta
AwardsBharat Ratna (1962)

Rajendra Prasad was the first President of India. He was the president from 1950 to 1962.[1] He was an Indian political leader and lawyer.Prasad joined the Indian National Congress during the Indian Independence Movement. He became a major leader from Bihar. He is a supporter of Mahatma Gandhi. Prasad was put in jail by Britishers during the Salt Satyagraha of 1931. He was also put in jail during the Quit India movement of 1942.

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Prasad served as Minister of Food and Agriculture in the central government, after the 1946 elections. After independence in 1947, Prasad was elected as President of the Constituent Assembly of India. This assembly prepared the Constitution of India. When India became a Republic in 1950, Prasad was elected as the first President by the Constituent Assembly.In 1957, Prasad was re-elected as the President. By this he became the only president of India to serve two full terms.[2]He died on 28 February 1963.

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