Nguyen Van Thieu

president of South Vietnam from 1965–75

Nguyen Van Thieu or Nguyễn Văn Thiệu was the leader of South Vietnam from 1965 to 1975.[2][3] He was a general in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. Thieu became head of a military junta, meaning the military controlled the government. He was then elected president.

Nguyen Van Thieu
File:Portrait of President Nguyen Van Thieu in 1968.jpg
President of South Vietnam
In office
14 June 1965 – 21 April 1975
Preceded byPhan Khắc Sửu
Succeeded byDương Văn Minh
Personal details
Born(1923-04-05)5 April 1923
Phan Rang–Tháp Chàm, Ninh Thuận Province, French Indochina
Died29 September 2001(2001-09-29) (aged 78)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyNational Social Democratic Front
Spouse(s)Nguyễn Thị Mai Anh

Thieu quit being president on 21 April 1975. He then left the country. On 30 April 1975 the city of Saigon was taken by North Vietnam. This marked the end of the Vietnam War.


Thieu died in 2001. He was 78 years old. He died in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He had a stroke at his home in Foxborough. He had been put on a respirator.[4][5] He was cremated and buried in Boston.[6]


  1. Butterfield, Fox (1 October 2001). "Nguyen Van Thieu Is Dead at 76; Last President of South Vietnam". New York Times. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  2. Ronald B. Frankum Jr. Historical Dictionary of the War in Vietnam, 2011 p.331 "Nguyễn Văn Thiệu"
  3. Bruce M. Lockhart, William J. Duiker The A to Z of Vietnam, 2010, p.283. "Nguyễn Văn Thiệu"
  4. Lamb, David (1 October 2001). "Nguyen Van Thieu, 78; S. Vietnam's President". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 October 2009.
  5. Butterfield, Fox (1 October 2001). "Nguyen Van Thieu Is Dead at 76; Last President of South Vietnam". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 October 2009.
  6. "Former President Thiệu Died" Archived 2009-02-01 at the Wayback Machine