(January 25, 1851 in Mediniai - August 12, 1926 in Palanga). He funded
the publication of the prohibited Lithuanian press, and organized its
distribution. In 1875-1876 he published illegally the manuscript
newspaper Kalvis melagis (Black-smith The Liar) in Lithuanian. In
1877-1878 he published illegally several Lithuanian books in St.
Petersburg. In 1904 he founded a printing-house and a book - shop of
Lithuanian books in Vilnius. He petitioned the officers of Russian
authorities demanding the lift of the ban on the use of Latin alphabet
in printing Lithuanian books. In 1904-1907 Petras Vileisis was the
publisher and official editor of the first legal Lithuanian daily
newspaper Vilniaus zinios (The
News of Vilnius).