Famous Lithuanian Leaders

Lithuania is a country in northern Europe that is bordered by Latvia, Belarus, Poland and Kaliningrad Oblast. Once a den of the Baltic tribes the country was occupied by the Soviet Union and later by Nazi Germany before declaring itself independent, in 1990. The country has had courageous leaders, who have heroically stood for the country and even gave their life for it. Mindaugas was the first and only King of Lithuanian who ruled the country from 1236 until his death in 1263. After the death of Mindaugas, the country had a bevy of rulers, most prominent amongst them being Vytautas the Great, Jogaila and so on. Jonas Basanavicius is fondly referred to as the father of Lithuanian Act of Independence of 1918. Mykolas Sleževičius served as the Prime Minister of Lithuania thrice. Furthermore, he is credited with organizing the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Post-independence, Vytautas became the first leader of the Supreme Council. Incumbent president, Dalia Grybauskaite became the first female President of Lithuania after her appointment in 2009. Furthermore, she became the first President to be re-elected consecutively in 2014 of modern Lithuania. Check this section to find more interesting facts about famous Lithuanian leader, their life and their works.

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 1 Tadeusz Kościuszko

Tadeusz Kościuszko
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: February 4, 1746
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Lithuanian, Polish, American
Died: October 15, 1817

Tadeusz Kościuszko was a Polish-Lithuanian statesman, military leader, and military engineer. Thanks to his participation in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's fight against Prussia and Russia and his role in the American Revolutionary War, Tadeusz Kościuszko is widely regarded as a national hero in the United States, Poland, Belarus, and Lithuania.

 2 Kazimierz Pułaski

Kazimierz Pułaski
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: March 6, 1745
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Lithuanian, Polish, American
Died: October 11, 1779
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 3 Dalia Grybauskaitė

Dalia Grybauskaitė
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Famous As: President of Lithuania
Birthdate: March 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Lithuanian

Dalia Grybauskaitė became the first female president of Lithuania and the first to be re-elected. Popularly known as Lithuania’s Iron Lady and often compared to Margaret Thatcher, she has also been the UN Commissioner of the Year. A black belt in karate, she has mastery over four languages.

 4 Mindaugas

Mindaugas
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Famous As: Grand Duke of Lithuania
Birthdate: 1203 AD
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: 1263 AD

 5 Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel

Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: August 27, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Lithuanian, Russian
Died: April 25, 1928

 6 Vytautas

Vytautas
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1350 AD
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: October 27, 1430

 7 Gediminas

Gediminas
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1275 AD
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: November 30, 1341
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 8 Valdas Adamkus

Valdas Adamkus
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Famous As: Former President of Lithuania
Birthdate: November 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Lithuanian

Former Lithuanian president Valdas Adamkus had fought against the Soviet army during World War II. After fleeing to Germany, he studied in Munich and then migrated to the U.S., where he earned a civil engineering degree. Among his many accolades are honorary doctorates from countless foreign universities.

 9 Ingrida Šimonytė

Ingrida Šimonytė
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Lithuanian

 10 Antanas Smetona

Antanas Smetona
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Famous As: Former President of Lithuania
Birthdate: August 10, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: January 9, 1944

The first president of Lithuania, Antanas Smetona was drawn into the revolutionary movements of his country soon after finishing law school. A major political figure of his country during the two World Wars, he came to power for a second time after launching a coup in 1926.

 11 Vytautas Landsbergis

Vytautas Landsbergis
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Famous As: Politician, Chess player, Musicologist, Music educator, University teacher, Pianist
Birthdate: October 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Lithuanian

 12 Mordecai Kaplan

Mordecai Kaplan
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Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: June 11, 1881
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Lithuanian, American
Died: November 8, 1983

 13 Rolandas Paksas

Rolandas Paksas
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Famous As: Former President of Lithuania
Birthdate: June 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Lithuanian

Rolandas Paksas is a Lithuanian politician who served as the president of Lithuania from 2003 to 2004. Prior to this, he was the prime minister of Lithuania for two non-consecutive terms. A civil engineer by qualification, he founded a construction company, Restako, prior to joining politics. His political career has been shrouded in controversies. 

 14 Virgilijus Alekna

Virgilijus Alekna
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Famous As: Discus thrower, politician
Birthdate: February 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Lithuanian

 15 Evelina Dobrovolska

Evelina Dobrovolska
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Lithuanian

 16 Algirdas Brazauskas

Algirdas Brazauskas
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Famous As: Yachting and Hunting
Birthdate: September 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: June 26, 2010

 17 Elimelech of Lizhensk

Elimelech of Lizhensk
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Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: 1717 AD
Nationality: Lithuanian, Polish
Died: March 11, 1787

 18 Jan Karol Chodkiewicz

Jan Karol Chodkiewicz
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Famous As: Military Commander
Birthdate: 1560 AD
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: September 24, 1621

 19 Aušrinė Armonaitė

Aušrinė Armonaitė
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Lithuanian

 20 Gintarė Skaistė

Gintarė Skaistė
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Lithuanian

 21 Louis Ginzberg

Louis Ginzberg
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: November 28, 1873
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: November 11, 1953

 22 Hugo Kołłątaj

Hugo Kołłątaj
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 1, 1750
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Lithuanian, Polish
Died: February 28, 1812

 23 Neringa Venckienė

Neringa Venckienė
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: May 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Lithuanian

 24 Artūras Zuokas

Artūras Zuokas
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Famous As: Politician, Journalist
Birthdate: February 21, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Lithuanian, Polish

 25 Kazimira Prunskienė

Kazimira Prunskienė
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: February 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Lithuanian

 26 Jonas Žemaitis

Jonas Žemaitis
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Famous As: Former President of Lithuania
Birthdate: March 15, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: November 26, 1954

 27 Elchonon Wasserman

Elchonon Wasserman
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Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: 1874 AD
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: July 6, 1941

 28 Kazys Grinius

Kazys Grinius
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: December 17, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: June 4, 1950

 29 Vincas Krėvė-Mickevičius

Vincas Krėvė-Mickevičius
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 19, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: July 7, 1954

 30 Artūras Paulauskas

Artūras Paulauskas
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Lithuanian

 31 Justas Paleckis

Justas Paleckis
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 22, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: January 26, 1980

 32 Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen

Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen
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Famous As: Speaker of the Seimas
Birthdate: August 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Lithuanian

 33 Arūnas Valinskas

Arūnas Valinskas
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: November 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Lithuanian

 34 Antanas Merkys

Antanas Merkys
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 20, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: March 5, 1955

 35 Irena Degutienė

Irena Degutienė
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Lithuanian

 36 Agnė Bilotaitė

Agnė Bilotaitė
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Lithuanian

 37 Aušra Maldeikienė

Aušra Maldeikienė
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Lithuanian