Theodor Heuss

Theodor Heuss (German: [ˈteːodoːɐ̯ ˈhɔʏs] (listen); 31 January 1884 12 December 1963) was a German liberal politician who served as the first president of West Germany from 1949 to 1959. His cordial nature – something of a contrast to the stern character of chancellor Konrad Adenauer – largely contributed to the stabilization of democracy in West Germany during the Wirtschaftswunder years. Before beginning his career as a politician, Heuss had been a political journalist.[1]

Theodor Heuss
President Heuss in 1953
President of Germany
West Germany
In office
12 September 1949  12 September 1959
ChancellorKonrad Adenauer
Preceded byKarl Dönitz (1945)
Succeeded byHeinrich Lübke
Leader of the Free Democratic Party
In office
12 December 1948  12 September 1949
DeputyFranz Blücher
Preceded byParty established
Succeeded byFranz Blücher
Bundestag Leader of the FDP group
In office
4 September 1949  12 September 1949
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byHermann Schäfer
Member of the Bundestag
In office
7 September 1949  15 September 1949
Member of the Reichstag
In office
13 October 1930  8 July 1933
In office
5 January 1925  13 June 1928
Personal details
Born(1884-01-31)31 January 1884
Brackenheim, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empire
Died12 December 1963(1963-12-12) (aged 79)
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
Political partyFVP (1910–1918)
DDP (1918–1933)
DPD (1947–1948)
FDP (1948–1963)
(m. 1908; died 1952)
Alma materLMU Munich

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