Ebert, Friedrich

STATESMAN (GERMANY)
BORN 4 Feb 1871, Heidelberg - DIED 28 Feb 1925, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg: Bergfriedhof, Rohrbacher Strasse

Friedrich Ebert was the son of a tailor. He was trained to be a saddlemaker. He became involved in politics and in 1905 he became Secretary General of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). In 1912 he entered the Reichstag (the German parliament) and after August Bebel's death in 1913 he became the chairman of his party.

After the First World was he led the provisional government and suppressed the Spartakist uprising. He became the first president of the Weimar Republic in 1919 and on August 8th, 1919 he signed the constitution of the new republic. After the Kapp Putsch of 1920 he called for a general strike. The strike took place and the putsch failed.

The next years were full of socials and economical problems. In 1924 he was accused of being responsible for the loss of the war in 1918. During the trails that followed he suffered from appendicitis. After he failed to seek proper treatment he died in 1925, aged only 54.

Related persons
• was painted by Corinth, Lovis
• was pupil to Luxemburg, Rosa

Sources
Internet

Images

The grave of Friedrich Ebert at the Bergfriedhof, Heidelberg.
Picture by Androom (21 Aug 2010)

 

The grave of Friedrich Ebert at the Bergfriedhof, Heidelberg.
Picture by Androom (21 Aug 2010)

 


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Published: 29 May 2011
Last update: 29 May 2011