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Povilas Višinskis

Lithuanian politician

Died when: 30 years 299 days (369 months)
Star Sign: Cancer


Povilas Višinskis

Povilas Višinskis (28 June 1875, Ušnėnai, Kovno Governorate – 23 April 1906, Berlin) was a Lithuanian writer, journalist, theatre director, and politician.

His pen names include A. – s, Blinda, P – V, P.A., Apaštalas, P.Šiaulietis.He was one of the founders of the Lithuanian Democratic Party.

He contributed and edited various Lithuanian periodicals, most notably Varpas, Vilniaus žinios, and Lietuvos ūkininkas.He is also remembered as a mentor of literary talent.

He discovered Žemaitė and advised Lazdynų Pelėda, Šatrijos Ragana, Gabrielė Petkevičaitė-Bitė, Jonas Biliūnas, Jonas Krikščiūnas.

Višinskis also directed and played the main role in the first Lithuanian-language play Amerika pirtyje (America in a Sauna) in 1899.

When advertisements for another play printed in Lithuanian using Latin alphabet were confiscated by police as violating the Lithuanian press ban, Višinskis sued and obtained a favorable judgment from the Supreme Court of Appeals in 1903.

This lawsuit helped to end the ban in 1904.

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