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Theodor Heuss

President Heuss in 1953
Personal data
Date of birth31 January 1884
Place of birthBrackenheim,
German Empire
Date of death12 December 1963(age 79)
Place of deathStuttgart, West Germany
NationalityGerman
Political partyProgressive People's Party (1910-1918)
German Democratic Party (1918-1933)
Democratic Party of Germany (1947/48)
Free Democratic Party (1948-1963)
SpouseElly Heuss-Knapp (1881-1952)
Alma materLudwig Maximilian University of Munich
ProfessionJournalist
ReligionProtestant
1st President of the Federal Republic of Germany
In office13 September 1949 - 12 September 1959
ChancellorKonrad Adenauer
Succeeded byHeinrich Lübke

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Theodor Heuss (31 January 1884 - 12 December 1963) was a liberal German politician who served as the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany after World War II from 1949 to 1959. Beside stern Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, Heuss' cordial manners largely contributed to the stabilization of democracy in West Germany during the Wirtschaftswunder years.


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