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Hồ Chí Minh  was a Vietnamese Revolutionary and statesman, who later became Prime Minister and President (1954 - 1969) of North Vietnam.
He was originally named Nguyễn Sinh Cung, is also known as Nguyễn Tất Thành, Nguyễn Ái Quốc, Lư Thụy, Hồ Quang (among others) and is popularly called Bác Hồ (uncle Hồ) in Vietnam.

Following World War I, as Nguyễn Ái Quốc, he petitioned the great powers at the Versailles peace talks for equal rights in French Indochina but was ignored. He asked the U.S. President at the time Woodrow Wilson for help to overthrow the French in Vietnam and to have a free democratic government like the French, but was again denied. He soon helped form the French Communist Party and spent much time in Moscow. He later moved to Guangzhou, China, where he founded the Vietnamese Communist Party.

Hồ Chí Minh became President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam ( North Vietnam) in 1954  (he had declared himself President on  March 2, 1946 but this was not recognised internationally), when he forced Emperor Bao Dai to abdicate.

He signed an agreement with France which recognized Vietnam as an autonomous state in the Indochinese Federation and the French Union on March 6, 1946 but that compromise did not prevent the war that begun that December between Hồ's forces and the French who tried to re-establish their colonial rule in the country; following the Chinese withdrawal from the North in exchange for French-occupied territories in China.

He was a leading force in trying to re-unite North Vietnam with South Vietnam  through infiltration and insurrection during the 1960s. Hồ led the war against the French (1946-1954) and, later, against the United States until his death. During his presidency, North Vietnam attempted disastrous agrarian reforms that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, as landowners were publicly denounced as landlords and executed (he later repudiated these programs). His government also suppressed a literary movement calling for more democracy and openness.

Hồ died on September 3, 1969 at age 79. His embalmed body was put on display in a granite mausoleum modeled after Lenin's Tomb in Moscow. This was consistent with other Communist leaders who have been similarly displayed before and since, including mao Zedong, Kim Il-Sung, and for a time, Josef Stalin.

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On a personal note:

Many of Ho Chi Minh's enemies may categorize him as not an admirable person, for his communist roots and because of how he led invasions that resulted in the deaths of thousends of citizens.  Though this may be true I strongly disagree with just seeing him as an evil person and murderer. I believe Ho Chi Minh was an honorable man who fought with all he had for what he believed because he believed so strongly in his cause. And in the end when you look at the background he was just a man looking for representation and he was willing to do everything and never surrender in order to get it.

This pictures relates to one of Ho Chi MInh's quotes: "If ever the tiger pauses, the elephant will empale him on his mighty tusks. But the tiger will never pause and  the Elephant will die of exhaustion".  In the picture we see the tiger being chased by this man who represents the elephant in the quote, which at the same time sort of represents imperialism, and the big powers taking over the small ones. And this represents how determined Minh was about his cause and how he was not going to let imperialism win.