BORN 4 Feb 1871, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg - DIED 28 Feb 1925, Berlin|
GRAVE LOCATION Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg: Bergfriedhof, Rohrbacher Strasse (Abteilung X)
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 trials that followed he suffered from appendicitis. After he failed to seek proper treatment he died in 1925, aged only 54.
was painted by Corinth, Lovis
was pupil to Luxemburg, Rosa
cooperated with Scheidemann, Philipp