Nguyễn Hữu Bài

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Nguyễn Hữu Bài

Nguyễn Hữu Bài (28 September 1863 – 10 July 1935) was a Minister of the Interior in the Royal Court of Emperor Bảo Đại.[1][2]

Bài was raised in Confucian ideals but was a Roman Catholic. He had taught Ngô Đình Diệm when he was a member of the royal court in the imperial capital of Huế, Vietnam. When the 13-year-old Bảo Đại returned to his studies in France after ascending the throne in 1926 Nguyễn Hữu Bài resumed leadership of the council of ministers of Annam, the protectorate occupying the central two thirds of French Indochina.[3]

Lý Thường Kiệt Street in Hanoi (modern Nguyễn Thái Học Street) became known as phố Sinh Từ ("Living Temple Street"), due to a temple built to honour Bài while he was still alive, until 1908 when it was renamed Rue Duvillier by the French.


  1. Charles Keith Catholic Vietnam: A Church from Empire to Nation 2012 Pages 98, 104–5, p136 "Association of Study in the West (Hội Như Tây Du Học, founded by Nguyễn Hữu Bài), "
  2. Andre N. Van Chau. The miracle of hope: Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, political prisoner, prophet of peace. 2003.
  3. Oscar Chapuis - The Last Emperors of Vietnam: From Tu Duc to Bao Dai 2000 Page 27 "He officially ascended to the throne on January 8, 1926, and then went back to resume school in France, leaving the administration of the country to the French resident superior and the council of ministers under Catholic Nguyen Huu Bai."