Famous German Chancellors And Presidents

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 1 Otto von Bismarck

Otto von Bismarck.
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Famous As: German Statesman
Birthdate: April 1, 1815
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schönhausen
Died: July 30, 1898
Otto von Bismarck was a German statesman. Bismarck is credited with masterminding the unification of Germany and served as its first chancellor. He is also credited with creating the first modern welfare state in the world. Regarded as a hero by German nationalists, Otto von Bismarck's life has inspired a couple of TV series.

 2 Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel.
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Famous As: Chancellor of Germany
Birthdate: July 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

The current chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel is widely described as the world's most powerful woman. Also considered the de facto leader of the European Union (EU), Angela Merkel has played an important role in strengthening international trade agreements. In 2020, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

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 3 Konrad Adenauer

Konrad Adenauer.
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Famous As: Former Chancellor of Germany
Birthdate: January 5, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cologne
Died: April 19, 1967

German politician, Konrad Adenauer, served as the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 to 1963. He was also the co-founder and the first leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). He played a key role in leading his country from the ruins of World War II to becoming a  prosperous nation.

 4 Helmut Kohl

Helmut Kohl.
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Famous As: Former Chancellor of Germany
Birthdate: April 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ludwigshafen
Died: June 16, 2017
Christian Democratic Union politician Helmut Kohl was the Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998. He had also served as the chairman of the CDU earlier. His tenure witnessed the end of the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the formation of the European Union.

 5 Willy Brandt

Willy Brandt.
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Famous As: Former Chancellor of Germany
Birthdate: December 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lübeck
Died: October 8, 1992

Willy Brandt was a German statesman and politician. From 1964 to 1987, he led the Social Democratic Party of Germany. From 1969 to 1974, Brandt served as chancellor of West Germany. In 1971, he was honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to achieve reconciliation between the countries of Eastern Europe and West Germany.

 6 Paul von Hindenburg

Paul von Hindenburg.
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Famous As: General, Second President of Weimar Republic
Birthdate: October 2, 1847
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Posen, Duchy of Posen, Kingdom of Prussia (now Poznań)
Died: August 2, 1934
Paul von Hindenburg served as the second president of the German Weimar Republic, from 1925 to 1934. In 1933, he appointed Adolf Hitler as the Chancellor of Germany, and also signed the Enabling Act, which gave Hitler total administrative powers. Following his death, Hitler declared himself the Führer.

 7 Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Frank-Walter Steinmeier
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detmold, Germany
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 8 Joachim Gauck

Joachim Gauck
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rostock, Germany

 9 Gustav Stresemann

Gustav Stresemann.
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Famous As: Chancellor of Germany
Birthdate: May 10, 1878
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: October 3, 1929

Gustav Stresemann was the only one of his siblings to complete university education. He grew up to serve as the chancellor of the Weimar Republic briefly, before becoming the foreign minister. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the French foreign minister Aristide Briand for an agreement of reconciliation.

 10 Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk

Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk
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Famous As: Politician, Jurist, Diplomat, Economist
Birthdate: August 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rathmannsdorf
Died: April 3, 1977

 11 Kurt Georg Kiesinger

Kurt Georg Kiesinger
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Judge
Birthdate: April 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ebingen
Died: March 9, 1988

Kurt Georg Kiesinger was a German politician. Nicknamed Silver Tongue, Kiesinger is best remembered for his outstanding skills as a mediator and orator. While serving as Baden-Württemberg's Minister President, Kiesinger founded the universities of Ulm and Konstanz. He is also credited with writing several books and poetry.

 12 Gerhard Schröder

Gerhard Schröder
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blomberg, Free State of Lippe, Nazi Germany

 13 Ludwig Erhard

Ludwig Erhard
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, University teacher
Birthdate: February 4, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fürth
Died: May 5, 1977

 14 Theodor Heuss

Theodor Heuss
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 31, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brackenheim, Germany
Died: December 12, 1963

 15 Wilhelm Pieck

Wilhelm Pieck
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 3, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guben, Germany
Died: September 7, 1960

 16 Prince Maximilian of Baden

Prince Maximilian of Baden
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baden-Baden, Germany
Died: November 6, 1929

 17 Horst Köhler

Horst Köhler
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Skierbieszów, Poland

 18 Heinrich Brüning

Heinrich Brüning
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Famous As: President, Academician, economist, activist
Birthdate: November 26, 1885
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Münster
Died: March 30, 1970

 19 Walter Ulbricht

Walter Ulbricht
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 30, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: August 1, 1973

 20 Christian Wulff

Christian Wulff
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Osnabrück, Germany

 21 Leo von Caprivi

Leo von Caprivi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 24, 1831
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 6, 1899

 22 Walter Scheel

Walter Scheel
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Solingen, Germany
Died: August 24, 2016

 23 Philipp Scheidemann

Philipp Scheidemann
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 26, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kassel
Died: November 29, 1939

 24 Roman Herzog

Roman Herzog
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Landshut, Germany
Died: January 10, 2017

 25 Wilhelm Marx

Wilhelm Marx
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Famous As: Politician, Judge
Birthdate: January 15, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cologne
Died: August 5, 1946

 26 Hermann Müller

Hermann Müller
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 18, 1876
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mannheim
Died: March 20, 1931

 27 Johannes Rau

Johannes Rau.
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Famous As: Former President of Germany
Birthdate: January 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wuppertal, Rhine Province
Died: January 27, 2006

Johannes Rau was a German politician (SPD) who served as the president of Germany from 1999 until 2004. Previously, he had been the minister-president of North Rhine-Westphalia from 1978 to 1998. He identified himself as a patriot, and his maxim was "to reconcile, not divide". He was awarded the Leo Baeck Medal for his humanitarian work in 2001. 

 28 Heinrich Lübke

Heinrich Lübke
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 14, 1894
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sundern, Germany
Died: April 6, 1972

 29 Gustav Heinemann

Gustav Heinemann
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 23, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schwelm, German
Died: July 7, 1976

 30 Sabine Bergmann-Pohl

Sabine Bergmann-Pohl
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eisenach, Germany

A qualified doctor and a lung diseases specialist, Sabine Bergmann-Pohl had been the head of state of East Germany before the German reunification. She has also led the Volkskammer as its president and was the Federal Minister for Special Affairs under Helmut Kohl. The mother of two is a Protestant.

 31 Karl Carstens

Karl Carstens
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 14, 1914
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bremen, German
Died: May 30, 1992

 32 Georg von Hertling

Georg von Hertling
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 31, 1843
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany
Died: January 4, 1919

 33 Georg Michaelis

Georg Michaelis
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Famous As: Chancellor , Politician
Birthdate: September 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chojnów
Died: July 24, 1936

 34 Hans Luther

Hans Luther
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 10, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 11, 1962

 35 Gustav Bauer

Gustav Bauer
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 6, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ozyorsk
Died: September 16, 1944
Chancellor of the Weimar Republic, Gustav Bauer initially worked as a clerk and also formed the Office Employees Association. His government ratified the Treaty of Versailles, which was termed unjust by Germans. He resigned after an unsuccessful coup against him but worked in the cabinets of subsequent governments.

 36 Wilhelm Cuno

Wilhelm Cuno
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Famous As: Businessman,Chancellor, President
Birthdate: July 2, 1876
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Suhl
Died: January 3, 1933

 37 Joseph Wirth

Joseph Wirth
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Famous As: politician, Chancellor
Birthdate: September 6, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Freiburg
Died: January 3, 1956

 38 Constantin Fehrenbach

Constantin Fehrenbach
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 11, 1852
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wellendingen, Germany
Died: March 26, 1926

 39 Johannes Dieckmann

Johannes Dieckmann
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 19, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fischerhude, Hanover Germany
Died: February 22, 1969

 40 Ignatz Bubis

Ignatz Bubis
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 12, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: August 13, 1999

 41 Walter Simons

Walter Simons
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: September 24, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Elberfeld, Wuppertal, Germany
Died: July 14, 1937