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First Indian President to Die in Office

Dr. Zakir Hussain, was the first Indian President to die in office before completing his term. He was the Third President of the India. On 9 May 1967, Zakir Hussain was declared elected as the Head of the State and was formally sworn in as the President of the Indian Republic four days later. He breathed his last on the morning of 3 May 1969.

Zakir Hussain was born on February 8, 1897 in a Pathan family at Qaimganj in the District of Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh. He was instrumental in the establishment of Jamia Millia Islamia in 1920. Zakir Hussain later went to the University of Berlin in Germany for higher studies in 1923 and did doctorate in Economics. He later on became Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia. In 1948, Dr. Zakir Hussain was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University. He served as Governor of Bihar from 1957 to 1962. He was awarded Padma Vibushan in 1954 and Bharat Ratna in 1963. Zakir Hussain was sworn in, as the second Vice-President on 13May 1962.

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