Kim Young-sam

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Date of Birth December 20, 1927
Place of Birth South Korea
Date of Death Nov 22, 2015 (87)
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Kim Young-sam

Kim Young-sam was a South Korean politician and democratic activist, who served as President of South Korea from 1993 to 1998. From 1961, he spent almost 30 years as one of the leaders of the South Korean opposition, and one of the most powerful rivals to the authoritarian regimes of Park Chung-hee and Chun Doo-hwan. Elected president in 1992, Kim became the first civilian to hold the office in over 30 years. He was inaugurated on 25 February 1993, and served a single five-year term, presiding over a massive anti-corruption campaign, the arrest of his two predecessors, and an internationalization policy called Segyehwa.

Born: December 20, 1927, Geoje Island, Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province, Japanese Korea
Died: November 22, 2015, Seoul, South Korea
Resting place: Seoul National Cemetery, Seoul
Political party: Independent
Other political affiliations: ND (1967-1980), NKDP (1985-1987), Reunification Democratic (1987-1990), Democratic Liberal-New Korea (1990-1997)
Children: Kim Hye-young(daughter,1952), Kim Hye-jeong(daughter,1954), Kim Eun-chul(son,1956), Kim Hyun-chul(son,1959), Kim Sang-man(extramarital son,1959), Kim Hye-sook(daughter,1961)
Alma mater: Seoul National University (B.A.)
Preceded by: Roh Tae-woo
Succeeded by: Kim Dae-jung

About Kim Young-sam

During the 1990s, this Democratic Liberal politician served as President of South Korea. Before taking office as president, he served multiple terms as a South Korean National Assembly member.

Before Fame

After receiving his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Seoul National University, he enlisted in the Republic of Korea Army.

Achievement

His presidential administration made major strides in the weeding out of higher-level government corruption in South Korea.

Family Life

Born and raised in Japanese-ruled Korea, he grew up speaking both countries' languages. His wife, Son Myung-soon, served as First Lady of South Korea during his presidential term.

Associations

He was succeeded in office by Millennium Democratic Party leader Kim Dae-jung.

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