Catholic priest who was a hugely influential public activist in Slovakia before World War II.
He attended Spišská Kapitula and earned a theology degree.
He was a member of Slovak National Council, joining in 1918, and signed the Martin declaration, which advocated a political union with the Czech nation.
He was born in Černová, which is now part of Ružomberok.
He and Jozef Tiso were Slovak politicians with hugely conflicting views.