Jonas Furrer

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Jonas Furrer
Jonas Furrer.jpg
President of the Confederation
In office
21 November 1848 – 31 December 1849
President of the Confederation
In office
1 January 1852 – 31 December 1852
President of the Confederation
In office
1 January 1855 – 31 December 1855
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
In office
1848–1861
Personal details
Born (1805-03-03)3 March 1805
Winterthur
Died 25 July 1861(1861-07-25) (aged 56)
Bad Ragaz

Jonas Furrer (3 March 1805 – 25 July 1861) was a Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1848–1861). He was affiliated to the Radical Party.

Biography

After studying at Zürich, Heidelberg and Göttingen,[1] he was elected to the Grand Council of Switzerland (German: Kantonsparlament) in 1834, where he was president in 1837 and 1839. In 1845 he became president of the cantonal diet (German: Kantonsregierung) of Zürich. He was President of the Swiss Diet from 2 April 1845 to 31 December 1845.

He was elected to the Federal Council on 16 November 1848 as one of the seven initial members. During his time in office, he presided over the following departments:

He was the first president of the Confederation from 21 November 1848 to 31 December 1849 and again in 1852, 1855 and 1858.

Furrer died in office on 25 July 1861. He wrote Das Erbrecht der Stadt Winterthur (“Inheritance law in the city of Winterthur,” 1832).[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Furrer, Jonas". Encyclopedia Americana. 

External links

  • Profile of Jonas Furrer with election results on the website of the Swiss Federal Council.
  • Jonas Furrer in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
Political offices
Preceded by
none (The first)
President of the Council of States
1848
Succeeded by
François Briatte
Preceded by
n/a one of the first seven
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
1848–1861
Succeeded by
Jakob Dubs


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