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The Making of the First Korean PresidentSyngman Rhee's Quest for Independence$
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Young Ick Lew

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831684

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831684.001.0001

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Becoming the President of the Republic of Korea

Becoming the President of the Republic of Korea

(p.267) Chapter 10 Becoming the President of the Republic of Korea
The Making of the First Korean President

Young Ick Lew

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter details events in Syngman Rhee’s life following his return to Seoul on October 16, 1945. Topics covered include his attempts to bring order to the chaotic political situation and unify all factions under his leadership (October–November 1945); fighting trusteeship and cooperating with the U.S. military government (December 1945–June 1946); his push for an interim government in the South (June 1946–April 1947); promoting South Korean elections (May 1947–May 1948); and drafting a constitution and founding the Republic (May–August 1948). The constitution was proclaimed on July 17, 1948. Three days later the National Assembly elected Syngman Rhee president of the ROK with 180 votes. Rhee was formally installed as the president of the ROK on July 24. On August 15, 1948, the third anniversary of Liberation, the Republic of Korea was formally proclaimed.

Keywords:   Syngman Rhee, Korean president, presidency, constitution, election

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