Guntis Ulmanis

First President of the restored, independent Republic of Latvia
Born: September 13, 1939 in Riga, Latvia. From 1941 until 1946 (age 2 through 7) he was imprisoned along with his family in the Krasnoyarsk District, in Siberia. He graduated from the School of Economics at the University of Latvia in 1963. From 1963 until 1965 he served as a draftee in the Soviet Army. As this was a prerequisite for anything other than a menial job, G. Ulmanis formally joined Communist Party in 1965 and resigned from the Party in 1989. He was never a Party official.
In the first Latvian Parliamentary elections after the restoration of independence which were held in June 1993, he was chosen as a candidate for a seat by the "Farmers Union" party. According to the Latvian Constitution once a new Parliament is seated, it then elects the President of the Country and on 7 July, 1993, it elected Guntis Ulmanis as the first President the restored Republic of Latvia (the fifth overall, in the history of the Latvian Republic).
There is no question that Guntis Ulmanis achieved this sudden prominence as a result of his name. He is the grandson of the brother of Karlis Ulmanis, who is generally considered to be the founder of the Latvian Republic and was it's forth (and last during the period of the 1st Republic) President, before being deposed and "disappeared" by the USSR when it invaded Latvia in 1940. Guntis Ulmanis also bears a distinct resemblance to his relative and predecessor.
Whatever the original reasons for his election, Guntis Ulmanis became a respected and popular President in his own right and won reelection to a second term without any serious opposition, retiring after the legally mandated maximum of two terms in 1999.
Guntis Ulmanis was at the house early in his term when it was still an official guesthouse of the Latvian Government. As Emilija Benjamin and President Karlis Ulmanis were friends, it is possible that the first President Ulmanis may also have visited the house in 1939-40, but no records or eyewitnesses of that have survived.