Alfred Ebenhoch

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Alfred Joseph Ebenhoch (born May 18, 1855 in Immenstaad on Lake Constance , Überlingen district (church register Dompfarrei Bregenz ); † January 30, 1912 in Vienna ) was an Austrian, Catholic politician of the People's Party , which united with the Christian Social Party in 1907 .

Governor Alfred Ebenhoch
Agriculture Minister Alfred Ebenhoch
As a private individual


Alfred Joseph Ebenhoch was a son of Christian Gebhard Ebenhoch , an official clerk and freight forwarder in Bregenz on Lake Constance and the wife of his first marriage Franziska Maria Wilhelmine , née Maegerle , and a grandson of the couple Alois Jakob Ebenhoch (1783-1842), blacksmith in Feldkirch in Vorarlberg, and the wife of his second marriage Anna Maria , née Beck (1798–1848). He graduated from the Stella Matutina College of the Order of the Jesuits in Feldkirch, was a student at the Universities of Prague and Innsbruck , where he received his doctorate in law in 1881. During his studies he joined the Catholic student associations Austria Innsbruck and Carolina Graz . He became a lawyer in Linz and a member of the Upper Austrian state parliament. From 1895 to 1907 he was governor of Upper Austria .

During the reign of Max Wladimir von Beck as Prime Minister of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy , he was Minister of Agriculture in Cisleithanien from November 1907 to November 1908 . The agricultural school system, warmblood breeding in Upper Austria, raising the fodder and viticulture yield in Lower Austria and promoting the training of official veterinarians were among other things. a. to his concerns.

He devoted himself as a journalist and writer to agricultural economic and social issues of the working population, and he also tried his hand at writing on stage.


In 1883 he married Josefine Maria Isabella Rhomberg (* 1862 in Salzburg, † 1931 in Wels (city) ), daughter of the kk police advisor Hermann Martin Rhomberg and his wife Elisabeth , née Lürzer von Zechenthal, and from this marriage they had four daughters, Wilhelmine Isabella Josefine Maria Ebenhoch (born August 13, 1884 in Linz, † December 9, 1934), married to Ferdinand Anton Rochhart (June 6, 1875, † September 23, 1943); Gebhardine Ebenhoch (born June 19, 1886, † 1952), married to Emil Kristinus , a building manager in Vienna; Marie Ebenhoch (born November 9, 1889 in Linz, † 1969), married to Dipl.-Ing. Rudolf Schober (* 1888) Head of Section in Vienna, and Isabella Ebenhoch , (1892–1976), married to Dr jur  Hans Pernter (1887–1951), Austrian politician, 1936–1938 Federal Minister for Education in Vienna.


Student associations

During his studies he became a member of Teutonia Innsbruck and in 1892 participated in the founding of an Allemannia Linz, from which some of the founders of the Nibelungia Linz came from.



  • Eleven centuries of German studenthood , 1886.
  • A hundred questions and answers for the peasant class , 1887.
  • Seven lectures on the social question , 1887, later translated into Flemish and French.
  • Sharper key , 1889.
  • The Hundred Million Gift to the Poles , 1890.
  • Walks through social politics , 1896.
  • Six pictures from the Mexican imperial tragedy , 1904.
  • Johann Philipp Palm , tragedy, 1906.


  • Welser Zeitung of February 3, 1912 - Obituary with an appreciation of his publications.
  • A Catholic folk man . Obituary with photo, in: Emissary of the Divine Heart of Jesus (Journal of the Apostolic Prayer ), year 1912, pages 104 and 105.
  • Dr. Alfred Ebenhoch. A Vorarlberg as governor of Upper Austria. In: Official Linzer Zeitung - Official Gazette for Upper Austria , episode 28/1977 of July 15, 1977 - an appreciation of his life on the occasion of his 70 years as Minister for Agriculture in Vienna. The title page of the newspaper shows a picture of a painting by him from the representation rooms of the Linz country house.
  • Susanne Gipp: Dr. Alfred Ebenhoch (1855-1912) . Dissertation from the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Vienna, 1974 (unprinted).
  • Ferdinand Krackowizer : handwritten biography of Dr. Alfred Ebenhoch in the Upper Austrian State Archives in Linz.
To the family
  • Helene Bruscha: The Ebenhoch families in Vorarlberg and Allgäu - With a contribution to the etymology of the name Ebenhöch , Ebenhöh and Ebenhoch . In: Archive for Family History Research, Volume 10, CAStarke Verlag, Limburg an der Lahn 2006, pp. 31–55; Partial line of descendants Ebenhoch from Altenstadt, then to Gisingen , there generation number V Agriculture Minister Alfred Joseph Ebenhoch , pp. 42–44, with illustrations
In reference books

Individual evidence

  1. Linz street names. City of Linz, accessed on August 30, 2018 .
  2. Catholic Couleur Students in Austria . In "Borussen-Echo", No. 269a, October 1982.
  3. Dr. phil Ferdinand Krackowizer (1844–1933) was the provincial archivist of Upper Austria
  4. ibid., Page 52: a section with numerous references to the Lürtscher family who have been leading the coat of arms since 1553 (Lirtscher, Tschitzner, etc.) in Feldkirch and Bludenz and to the Lürtschner descendants, ennobled Lürzer von Zechenthal, aristocracy in Bavaria and in Austria.

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