Yusof Ishak

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Yusof Ishak

يوسف بن إسحاق
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1st President of Singapore
In office
9 August 1965 (retroactive) – 23 November 1970
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew (1959–1990)
Preceded byYang di-Pertua Negera
Succeeded byBenjamin Sheares
1st Yang di-Pertuan Negara
of the State of Singapore
In office
16 September 1963 – 9 August 1965 (retroactive)
MonarchPutra of Perlis[source?]
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Preceded byYang di-Pertuan Negara
Succeeded byPosition abolished
2nd Yang di-Pertuan Negara
of the Colony of Singapore
In office
3 December 1959 – 16 September 1963 (retroactive)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Preceded bySir William Goode
Succeeded byPosition abolished
1st commander-in-chief of Singapore Armed Forces
In office
9 August 1965 (retroactive) – 23 November 1970
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew (1959–1990)
Preceded byPosition Established
Succeeded byBenjamin Sheares
Personal details
Yusof bin Ishak

(1910-08-12)12 August 1910
Terong, Taiping, Perak, Federated Malay States
Died23 November 1970(1970-11-23) (aged 60)
Cause of deathHeart failure
Resting placeKranji State Cemetery
Noor Aishah Mohammad Salim (m. 19491970)
  • Orkid Kamariah binti Yusof (daughter)
  • "Baba" Imran bin Yusof (son)
  • Zuriana binti Yusof (daughter)
Alma materVictoria School
Raffles Institution
Military service
AllegianceStraits Settlements (to 1946)
Colony of Singapore (to 1959)
Colony of Singapore (to 1963)
Malaysia (to 1965)
Singapore (to 1970)
Branch/serviceRoyal Malaysian Police.svg Federation of Malaya Police (to 1933)
Malaya Command (to 1957)
Singapore Infantry Regiment (1957–1970)
Badge of the Malaysian Armed Forces.svg Malaysian Armed Forces (1963–1965)
Singapore Armed Forces (1966–1970)
Years of service1929–1970
RankSingapore Army OF5.svg Colonel; CINC
UnitSingapore Infantry Regiment
Singapore Armed Forces
Colonel of the Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War II (1939–1945)

Part of (Cold War)

Yusof Ishak (12 August 1910 – 23 November 1970) was the first President of Singapore from 1965 to 1970.