Gildi / Ülikooli
Near Tänassilma 1868 - Tallinn? 1941?
Estonian statesman, Prime Minister 1919-1920, State Elder (head of state and government) from 1927 to 1928 and in 1933, and Foreign Minister from 1931 to 1932
Bronze statue sepping from a black socle to a white one.
[Text in Estonian]
Jaan Tõnisson (born Dec. 22, 1868, died 1941? in the prisons of the occupational authorities) was a legendary
statesman and journalist, carried by the principled politics based on national value. J. Tõnisson was Prime Minister
from 1919 to 1920 and Head of State from 1927 to 1928 and in 1933, the owner of Estonia's major daily
newspaper Postimees from 1896 to 1930 and the chief editor thereof from 1896 to 1935, turning the newspaper
into a tribune of national thought. He was a member of the Constituent Assembly of Estonia and the I-IV Riigikogu
(Parliament) (1920-34 and 1938-40). He was nominated honorary citizen of the city of Tartu in 1939.
In December 1940 he was imprisoned by the occupational authorities and there is no further information
concerning his destiny.
The memoral was unveiled here on May 31, 2001. Authors – sculptor M. Karmin and architect T. Trummal.
The monument was designed by architect Tiit Trummal.
- Mati Karmin (Tartu 1959),
Sources & Information
- Tartu, Kultuuriväärtusega asjade ja -mälestiste register, Ajalugu.
Location (N 58°22'54" - E 26°43'13")
Item Code: ee098; Photograph: 8 July 2013
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