Hans Luther

German chancellor (1879-1962)

Hans Luther (10 March 1879 – 11 May 1962) was a German politician. He was a Chancellor of Germany.[1] a law of July 1925 extended workmen's compensation coverage to all accidents from and to places of work, and vocational care was introduced that same month. In addition, a decree of May 1925 established compensation for occupational diseases.<ref>

Hans Luther
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18th Chancellor of Germany
9th Chancellor of the Weimar Republic
In office
15 January 1925 – 12 May 1926
PresidentFriedrich Ebert, Hans Luther (acting), Walter Simons (acting), Paul von Hindenburg
Preceded byWilhelm Marx
Succeeded byWilhelm Marx
President of the German Reich (acting)
In office
28 February 1925 – 12 March 1925
Preceded byFriedrich Ebert
Succeeded byWalter Simons (acting)
Personal details
Born(1879-03-10)10 March 1879
Died11 May 1962(1962-05-11) (aged 83)
Düsseldorf,North Rhine-Westphalia,West Germany
Political partyNone

Luther was born in Berlin and started in politics by becoming a town councillor in Magdeburg. From 1918 to 1922 he was mayor of Essen.[2]

In 1922 he became government minister of food and agriculture, and in 1925 Minister of Finance.

From January 1925 to May 1926 he was Chancellor. During a brief period he was also acting President.

Luther ran the Reichsbank from 1930 to 1933 and later became ambassador to the United States from 1933 to 1937.


  1. Lawrence, Weisz (1998). Greater Than the Parts: Holism in Biomedicine, 1920-1950. ISBN 9780195109047.
  2. "Biografie Hans Luther (German)". Bundesarchiv. Retrieved 19 January 2015.