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.
|1st President of Germany|
11 February 1919 – 28 February 1925
|Succeeded by||Hans Luther (acting)|
|Chancellor of Germany|
9 November 1918 – 11 February 1919
|Preceded by||Prince Maximilian of Baden|
|Succeeded by||Philipp Scheidemann|
|Born||4 February 1871|
|Died||28 February 1925(aged 54)|
- This article is about Friedrich Ebert Senior. For his son, who helped to found the GDR see Friedrich Ebert Jr.
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. 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.
- ↑ Kershaw, I (1998). Hitler, 1889–1936: Hubris. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. p. 267. ISBN 0393320359.
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