Tomáš Eduard Šilinger

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Tomáš Eduard Šilinger
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Born(1866-12-16)December 16, 1866
DiedJune 17, 1917(1917-06-17) (aged 50)
OccupationPolitician and journalist

Tomáš Eduard Šilinger (1866–1913) was a Czech politician and journalist. He was a member of the Augustinian Order of Brno. He was chief editor of the Czech Catholic newspaper Hlas (Voice in English) in 1896. Šilinger Place (Šilingrovo náměstí) in Brno was named after him.

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Šilinger was born on December 16, 1866 at Tučín in Přerov District. Present day Tučín is in Czech Republic; at the time of his birth it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After graduating, he joined St Thomas's Abbey, an Augustinian monastery located in old Brno. In the monastery he was renamed Tomáš (his birth name was Eduard). He was promoted to priest on July 26, 1891.

Šilinger contributed to the Catholic newspaper Hlas and became its chief editor in 1896. He changed it from a weekly to a daily newspaper. He was elected to the Imperial Council in Vienna in 1901. In 1906, he became national and later imperial representative in Vienna and also a representative of the Moravian Diet.

He died at June 17, 1913, at the age of 47 in the spa town of Luhačovice.

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