Andreas Wasserburg

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Andreas Anton Wasserburg (baptized January 21, 1775 in Mainz ; † October 21, 1853 there ) was a German teacher , legal advisor and writer .

Andreas Wasserburg, son of the Kurmainzer sergeant Johann Anton Wasserburg (around 1724–1778), was a student on the side of the Mainz Republic and therefore had to leave school. In 1795 he became a soldier, first in service in the Electorate of Mainz , then in French, Austrian and Naples services. After his return to Germany in 1798, he first became a clerk in Ingelheim and then founded an educational institution in Ober-Ingelheim , after which he directed a private school for French lessons in Mainz. He developed his own method of teaching French . After the French withdrew from Mainz in 1814 , when French lessons were no longer a profitable business, he also worked as legal advisor. He mainly wrote textbooks, as well as aesthetic works.

Andreas Wasserburg was married to Dorothea born in 1812. Bornemann, her children were the lithographer Dionis Wasserburg (1813–1885), Elisabeth Franziska Wasserburg (1815–1886), the legal intern Karl Anton Wasserburg (1816–1869) and the journalist and writer Philipp Wasserburg (1827–1897).

Fonts (selection)

  • Attempts in poetry . Karlsruhe 1795.
  • Publication of my private school, in which the French language is taught according to the Socratic method in a new teaching system of simplification, together with annexes about its success . Zabern, Mainz 1806.
  • Poetic attempts . Mainz 1809.
  • My story . Wirth, Mainz 1809.
  • French grammar based on a new teaching system of simplification; calculated on the capacity . 3 volumes. 2nd edition, Mainz 1813.
  • Arkonavis. Journey to the moon. An educational novel for parents and teachers . Frankenthal 1816 ( digital ).
  • The moral father and his child . Mainz 1817.
  • Johann Drachenblut's first literary journey. A carnival present for 1821 . Mainz 1821.
  • French grammar arranged according to a new teaching system in three parts; increasingly with the corresponding curriculum, according to which this language can be taught and learned in a hundred teaching hours . 3. Edition. Stenz, Mainz 1826.
  • French grammar, according to which this language can be taught and learned in a hundred hours . 4th edition. 4 volumes. Zabern, Mainz 1830.
  • The picture of the deluge, in 12 sections . Poems. Mainz 1834.
  • Brief lighting of the teaching course for teaching the French language in one hundred teaching hours . Mainz 1840.
  • Detailed analysis of the theory of our teaching system, according to which the French language can be taught and learned in a hundred hours . Mainz 1841.
  • Answers to important legal questions about the decisions of high courts and commentaries from famous authors with reference to the sources . Seifert, Mainz 1844.
  • Right to change according to the French commercial code for self-teaching for non-lawyers . Wirth, Mainz 1845; 2nd increased edition Mainz 1851.


  • Joseph Kehrein : Biographical-literary lexicon of Catholic German poets, folk and youth writers in the 19th century. Volume 2, 1871, pp. 236-237 ( digital ).
  • Rainer Wahl: The Wasserburg family (I). Four generations of Mainz city history in individual biographies . In: Mainz. Quarterly issues for culture, politics, economics, history . Volume 2, Issue 3, 1982, pp. 126–135, here pp. 127–131.
  • Rainer Wahl: "My story". From the memories of Andreas Wasserburg . In: German Jacobins. Republic of Mainz and Cisrhenans 1792–1798. Volume 1: Manual. Contributions to the democratic tradition in Germany. Hesse, Mainz 1981, pp. 245-250.
  • Rainer Wahl (Ed.): Andreas Wasserburg: In search of the treasure “Freedom”. Memories of a Mainz Democrat 1792–1797 . Camberger Verlag Ulrich Lange, Bad Camberg 1981, ISBN 3-87460-033-5 .
  • German Literature Lexicon . 3rd edition, Volume 28, Saur, Zurich, Munich 2008, p. 363.