Albert Wagner (politician)

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Albert Wagner (born November 22, 1885 in Fürfurt , † January 19, 1974 in Weilburg ) was a German administrative officer and politician ( SPD ). From 1949 to 1951 he was a minister in the Hessian state government .

Life and work

Wagner was born the son of a farmer. After attending school, he worked as a primary school teacher from 1906 to 1919. He then embarked on a civil service career, became a school councilor in Bütow in 1919 and later worked in the same function in Breslau and Potsdam . He was appointed government director in 1928 and served as government vice-president in Wroclaw from 1930 to 1933.

After the National Socialists came to power, Wagner was dismissed from all offices and temporarily interned in the Börgermoor and Lichtenburg concentration camps. He then worked as a book salesman and was employed as a scientific assistant at Buderus-Röchling in Wetzlar from 1942 until the end of the war .

After the Second World War , Wagner was reinstated as a civil servant in the administration. From 1946 he was head of the Office for Administrative Simplification in the Hessian Ministry of Finance and in 1947 became head of the personnel department in the Hessian Ministry of Economics and Transport. Since 1948 he has been the district president in Darmstadt district .

Political party

Wagner had been a member of the SPD since 1918. On October 19, 1950, Wagner was expelled from the party by the Hesse-South district executive at the request of Willy Knothe . After the constituency delegate assembly of constituency 18 (Oberlahnkreis) had elected him as a candidate for the state parliament with 36 to 4 votes, Georg-August Zinn had to repeal the party exclusion resolution as state chairman. The background was the "bread price affair". In July 1950, the federal government under Konrad Adenauer (CDU) decided to stop subsidizing the price of bread , which led to an increase in the price of bread. In his role as Minister of Economics, Albert Wagner then agreed with the associations of the milling and bakery trades in Hesse that the bakeries should each offer one type of bread at the old, low price. In return, the prices of the other varieties should be increased more sharply as part of cross-subsidization .

This regulation was heavily criticized within the party because within the SPD Hessen the increase in bread prices was seen as a welcome argument against the policy of the federal government. The state committee of the SPD Hessen demanded his resignation as minister and was supported by Prime Minister Stock. The chairman of the CDU Hessen (the CDU was a coalition partner of the SPD in Hessen), Werner Hilpert supported Albert Wagner. Stock therefore left the decision on Wagner's remaining in office to the SPD faction in the state parliament, which Wagner expressed its confidence in.


In 1946 Wagner was a member of the state assembly of the state of Hesse, which advised the constitution . He was a member of the Hessian state parliament from 1946 to 1966 and was chairman of the SPD parliamentary group there from July 1947 to November 1949. From 1951 to 1962 he was chairman of the budget committee.

Public offices

At the end of 1918 Wagner was chairman of the Central Council of Workers 'and Soldiers' Councils in the Pomeranian Province . In 1945 he became district administrator of the Oberlahnkreis . From November 9, 1949 to January 10, 1951, he was the Hessian State Minister for Labor, Agriculture and Economy in the state government led by Prime Minister Christian Stock .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Gerhard Beier: SPD Hessen. Chronicle 1945 to 1988. Bonn 1989, ISBN 3-8012-0146-5 , page 125
  2. ^ Sabine Pappert: Werner Hilpert. Politicians in Hessen 1945 to 1952. 2003, ISBN 3-930221-12-8 , pages 260-261.
  3. Awarded the Wilhelm Leuschner Medal on February 7, 1967 . In: The Hessian Prime Minister (Ed.): State Gazette for the State of Hesse. 1967 No. 8 , p. 241 , point 741 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 3.0 MB ]).