Stylianos Gonatas

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Stylianos Gonatas (alternative spelling Stilianos Gonatas) was a Greek military and political figure of the 20th Century.

Gonatas was born on August 15, 1876 in Patra. He entered the Military Academy in 1892 and graduated in 1897.

Gonatas served his country during the Macedonian Struggle, the Balkan Wars, World War I, the Ukraine Expedition and the Greco-Turkish War (1919 - 1922) as a colonel. After the Asia Minor Disaster, he initiated, along with Nikolaos Plastiras, the revolt that overthrew the Laiko Komma government and King Constantine I.

On November 14, 1922 (OS), Gonatas took over as Prime Minister of Greece. He held that post until January 11, 1924 (OS), when he stepped aside for Eleftherios Venizelos. For his trouble, he was promoted to Lieutenant General in May 1924. After resigning from the Greek Army, Gonatas entered politics and was elected Senator. He served three terms as President of the Senate until that body was dissolved in 1935.

After World War II, Gonatas founded his own political party, the "National Liberal Party". He served as Minister in several governments.

Gonatas died on March 29, 1966.