Eduard Burlage

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Eduard Burlage

Heinrich Eduard Burlage (born November 25, 1857 in Huckelrieden near Löningen , † August 19, 1921 in Berlin ) was a German politician at the center .

Life and work

Burlage was the son of the mill owner and mayor August Burlage (1836-1918) and his wife Friederike geb. Lohmann (* 1833). After graduating from high school in Vechta , Burlage, who came from the Oldenburg part of the Münsterland , studied law in Tübingen , Leipzig and Göttingen . During his studies he joined the AV Guestfalia Tübingen , later also the KDStV Burgundia (Leipzig) , both in the CV . He passed his first state examination in law in 1884 and joined the Oldenburg judicial service as an auditor . The second state examination followed in 1887. He then became a judge at the District Court of Friesoythe . In 1891 he moved to Oberstein in the then Oldenburg principality of Birkenfeld and in 1895 to Jever . There he was promoted to chief magistrate in 1896. From 1898 to 1903 he was a judge at the district court of Oldenburg . In 1903 he became a higher regional judge and he came as a judge at the higher regional court in Oldenburg . In 1907 he took over the 1st civil senate at the Imperial Court in Leipzig as a Reich judge . Burlage published several legal treatises.


Eduard Burlage was married to Emma geb. Kruthoffer (* 1860). The marriage had seven children, including Maximilian and Theo Burlage .

Political party

Burlage belonged to the center and was deputy party chairman and legal policy spokesman from 1919 until his death. He was repeatedly discussed as a candidate for the office of Reich Minister of Justice .


Burlage had been a member of the Oldenburg State Parliament since 1896 . There he was particularly committed to the construction of new railway lines in southern Oldenburg. As the successor to Ferdinand Heribert von Galen , he was elected for the first time in 1903 for the constituency of the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg 3 ( Delmenhorst -Vechta-Cloppenburg) in the Reichstag of the Empire. He resigned both mandates after his appointment as Reich judge in 1907. In 1919/20 he was a member of the Weimar National Assembly and in June 1919 played a key role in the coalition negotiations that made the Weimar school compromise possible. Then he was again a member of the Reichstag for the constituency of Weser-Ems until his death .


  • On the reform of the restrictions on property seizure , Deutsche Juristen-Zeitung, Volume 3 (1898), p. 77 .
  • The law on compensation for innocent pre-trial detention , Deutsche Juristen-Zeitung, Volume 9 (1904), Col. 839 .
  • Compensation for those innocently convicted , Deutsche Juristen-Zeitung, Volume 10 (1905), Col. 396 .
  • Peace associations for the settlement of legal disputes , Deutsche Juristen-Zeitung, year 12 (1907), col. 313 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Carl-Wilhelm Reibel: Handbook of the Reichstag elections 1890-1918. Alliances, results, candidates (= handbooks on the history of parliamentarism and political parties. Volume 15). Half volume 2, Droste, Düsseldorf 2007, ISBN 978-3-7700-5284-4 , pp. 1409-1412.


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