Stahlberg, Kaarlo Juho (kärˈlō yōˈhō stälˈbĕrg) [key], 1865–1952, first president of independent Finland (1919–25). A professor of law (1908–18) at the Univ. of Helsinki, he was president of the Finnish diet at the start of World War I and an opponent of Russian oppression in Finland. After serving as president of Finland, he was narrowly defeated in the elections of 1931 and 1937.
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