Syngman Rhee or Yi Seungman (26 Mairch 1875 – 19 Julie 1965; Korean pronunciation: [i sɯŋman]) wis the first preses o the Sooth Korea. His presidency, frae August 1948 tae April 1960, remains controversial, affectit bi Cauld War tensions on the Korean peninsula an elsewhaur. Rhee wis regardit as an anti-Communist an a strangman, an led the Republic o Korea through the Korean War. His presidency endit in resignation follaein popular protests against a disputit election. He dee'd in exile in Hawaii.