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Ásgeirsson, Ásgeir

Ásgeirsson, Ásgeir äs´kĕr äs´kĕrsôn [key], 1894–1972, Icelandic statesman, president of Iceland (1952–68). He was a member of the Icelandic parliament from 1923 to 1952, headed the government bureau of education (1926–31, 1934–38), and served as minister of finance (1931–34) and prime minister (1932–34). He was (1946–52) governor of the International Monetary Fund. In 1952 he was elected president of Iceland, and he was reelected in 1956, 1960, and 1964.

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