Friedrich Ebert

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Friedrich Ebert
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Ebert in 1925
1st President of Germany
In office
11 February 1919 – 28 February 1925
Succeeded byHans Luther (acting)
Chancellor of Germany
In office
9 November 1918 – 11 February 1919
Preceded byPrince Maximilian of Baden
Succeeded byPhilipp Scheidemann
Personal details
Born(1871-02-04)4 February 1871
Died28 February 1925(1925-02-28) (aged 54)
Political partySPD
This article is about Friedrich Ebert Senior. For his son, who helped to found the GDR see Friedrich Ebert Jr.

Friedrich Ebert (4 February 1871 in Heidelberg – 28 February 1925 in Berlin) was a German politician. He was apart of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). He was Chancellor of Germany and its first president during the Weimar period.

Ebert was a social democrat. He became leader of the SPD in 1913, when the last leader August Bebel died. He was an important part of the German Revolution of 1918–19, and when Germany became a republic he became the first Chancellor. His goal was to make Germany more peaceful. He did this by putting down the Left-wing and Right-wing revolutions, working with the right-wing Freikorps and the left-wing Trade unionss.

He was Chancellor until he died on 28 February 1925 from Septic Shock.[1] He is praised for helping the Weimar Republic when it had only just been made, but people also say he was wrong for working with the right-wing, and that it helped Adolf Hitler come to power.

References[change | change source]

  1. Kershaw, I (1998). Hitler, 1889–1936: Hubris. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. p. 267. ISBN 0393320359.

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