Georgios Kountouriotis

Portrait of Georgios Kountouriotis. (1845)

Georgios Kountouriotis (Greek: Γεωργιος Κουντουριώτης) (1782 - 1858) was a Greek politician and Prime Minister. He was born in 1782 on the Saronic island of Hydra. He was the brother of Lazaros Kountouriotis who fought in the Greek War of Independence and grandfather of Pavlos Kountouriotis who fought in the First Balkan War and later served as first President of the Greek Republic.

When the War of Independence broke out, Georgios, along with the rest of the Kountouriotis family, supported the effort with generous donations as well as with their ships. He was often at odds with other Hydriot sea captains, but ultimately was the wealtiest. Georgios Kountouriotis became a member of the executive committee of the Greek Revolution and served as its President from 1823 to 1826 during the crucial time of the siege of Messolonghi.

After independence, he became a member of the cabinet of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece. He was a semi-independent adherent of the French Party mostly due to his antipathy to the Russian Party and his fellow Hydriots of the English Party. During the period of French Party ascendancy in the reign off King Otto, he served as Prime Minister. He died in 1858.

Political offices

Preceded by Kitsos Tzavelas

Prime Minister of Greece March 19, 1848 - October 27, 1848

Succeeded by Konstantinos Kanaris

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