Ștefan Golescu

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Ștefan Golescu
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
1 March 1867 5 August 1867
Monarch Carol I of Romania
Preceded by George Barbu Știrbei
Succeeded by Alexandru Teriachiu
In office
13 November 1867 30 April 1868
Preceded by Alexandru Teriachiu
Succeeded by Nicolae Golescu
Prime Minister of Romania
In office
26 November 1867 12 May 1868
Preceded by Constantin A. Crețulescu
Succeeded by Nicolae Golescu
Personal details
Born1809 (1809)
Câmpulung, Wallachia
Died27 August 1874 (1875) (aged 65)
Nancy, France

Ștefan Golescu (1809 1874) was a Wallachian Romanian politician who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs for two terms from 1 March 1867 to 5 August 1867 and from 13 November 1867 to 30 April 1868, and as Prime Minister of Romania between 26 November 1867 and 12 May 1868.

Wallachia Historical and geographical region of Romania

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Romania Sovereign state in Europe

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Ștefan Golescu was the son of the great patriot scholar Dinicu Golescu. Born in a boyar family of the Golești, he studied with his brothers (Nicolae and Radu) in Switzerland. After he returned, he joined the Wallachian Army and became a major in 1836. With his brother he also joined the Philharmonic Society, a society similar to the Freemasonry. [1]

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