Stephanos Dragoumis
Stephanos Dragoumis (1842, Athens September 17, 1923, Athens) was a judge, writer and Prime Minister of Greece
Prime Minister of Greece
The Prime Minister of Greece , officially the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic , is the head of government of the Hellenic Republic and the leader of the Greek cabinet. The current interim Prime Minister is Lucas Papademos, a former Vice President of the European Central Bank, following...

 in January-October 1910. He was the father of Ion Dragoumis
Ion Dragoumis
Ion Dragoumis was a Greek diplomat, writer and revolutionary.Born in Athens, Dragoumis was the son of Stephanos Dragoumis who was foreign minister under Charilaos Trikoupis. The family originated in Vogatsiko in Kastoria...


Early years

His grandfather, Markos Dragoumis (1770-1854) from Vogatsiko
Vogatsiko is a village in northern Greece in the periphery of West Macedonia, located at the southeast corner of Kastoria peripheral unit. It was the seat of the municipality of Ion Dragoumis. The village's population is estimated at some 800 people. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides...

 in Kastoria
Kastoria Prefecture
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, had been a member of the 1814-1821 revolutionary Filiki Eteria
Filiki Eteria
thumb|right|200px|The flag of the Filiki Eteria.Filiki Eteria or Society of Friends was a secret 19th century organization, whose purpose was to overthrow Ottoman rule over Greece and to establish an independent Greek state. Society members were mainly young Phanariot Greeks from Russia and local...

. Born in Athens
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 in 1842, Dragoumis studied law and was a judge.

Political career

He became Secretary-General of the Ministry of Justice and was very active politically. He was later elected a member of Parliament
Hellenic Parliament
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 and served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Justice and Minister of the Interior.He was also active in the Macedonian Struggle
Macedonian Struggle
The Macedonian Struggle was a series of social, political, cultural and military conflicts between Greeks and Bulgarians in the region of Ottoman Macedonia between 1904 and 1908...

. The organization Macedonian Committee was formed in 1904 by Stephanos Dragoumis in Athens.

The 1909 reformation government

Following the Goudi Revolt by the Military League in 1909, the political processes in Greece were in a state of turmoil. The issue of Cretan
Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the thirteen administrative regions of Greece. It forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece while retaining its own local cultural traits...

 annexation and military reforms loomed large. After Kiriakoulis Mavromichalis resigned as Prime Minister in January, 1910, Dragoumis was appointed as part of a reformation government and the Military League dissolved. At the same time, Eleftherios Venizelos
Eleftherios Venizelos
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 arrived in Athens from Crete and concluded the unification of Crete with Greece. In March, the Greek Parliament decided to convoke a "Reforming Parliament". The Dragoumis government responded positively to the demands of its dual mission: to secure a smooth path towards the process of reform and to complete its legislative programme. By September, Venizelos had arrived in Athens and by drawing large crowds to rallies had established his political strength. King George
George I of Greece
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invited Venizelos to form a government and Dragoumis resigned.
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