Kim Young-sam, South Korean politician, Died at 87

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Kim Young-sam was born on December 20, 1927, and died on November 22, 2015.

He was a South Korean politician and democratic activist, who served as the seventh President of South Korea from 1993 to 1998.

Since 1961, Young-sam has 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, Young-sam became the first civilian to hold the office in over 30 years.

Young-sam was inaugurated on February 25, 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.

Young-sam was born in Geoje on December 20, 1927, during a time when Korea was under the Imperial Japanese rule.

He was the eldest of 1 son and 5 daughters in his family.

During the Korean War, Young-sam served in the South Korean military. In 1952, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Seoul National University.

Young-sam was a member of the Chunghyun Presbyterian Church and was fluent in Japanese and his native Korean.

He was married to Son Myung-soon. He was survived by his children, two sons and three daughters, as well as his five younger sisters.

Young-sam passed away at age 87 in November 2015.

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