Friedrich Seetzen

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Anton Friedrich Theodor Seetzen (born April 22, 1868 in Großpösna ; † January 15, 1943 in Dresden ) was a German lawyer and politician ( DNVP ). He was a member of the Saxon State Parliament and Lord Mayor of Wurzen . He also worked as a savings bank functionary and consistorial president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony .


Seetzen's parents were the cultural engineer Carl Diedrich Johann Seetzen, who comes from Jever , and Johanna Erdmuthe Voigt. He studied at the St. Thomas School in Leipzig . His study of law and political science from 1887 to 1891 at the University of Leipzig was financially supported by Ludolf Colditz , who was a wealthy industrialist. SEETZEN doctorate in 1892 for Dr. jur.

From 1891 to 1894 he was a trainee lawyer at the district court of Leipzig and Lommatzsch. In 1894 he became a trainee lawyer and assessor at the Leipzig city council. In 1895 he became a city ​​councilor himself , in 1899 mayor and in 1900 mayor of Wurzen . He held this office until 1927. In 1906 he was a co-founder of the Saxon Savings Banks Association and in 1908 of the Giroverband of Saxon municipalities and a member of the SME Association in the Kingdom of Saxony. He served on the board of the Savings Banks and Giro Association until 1927.

From 1905 to 1908 he was a representative of the 8th urban constituency of the Conservative Member of the Second Chamber of the Saxon State Parliament . From 1914 until its dissolution in 1918, he was the 1st magistrate of the city of Wurzen in the I. Chamber. In 1919 he became a member of the DNVP .

During the First World War he was a captain in the Landwehr at the war clothing office in Leipzig. He was honored with the Order of Albrecht I Class and the Saxon War Merit Cross.

After the war he was cathedral dean and provost at Wurzen Cathedral . From 1917 to 1927 he was President of the Synod and from 1927 Consistorial President of the Evangelical Lutheran State Consistory of Saxony . In 1933 he was given a forced leave by the National Socialist Bishop Friedrich Coch and retired. In 1932 he was a member of the German Evangelical Church Committee , whose president he became in 1933 as the successor to Hermann Kapler . Besides August Marahrens and Hermann Albert Hesse, he was also a member of the three-man college (so-called Kapler committee). He was instrumental in drafting the constitution of the German Evangelical Church from 1933. Seetzen received an honorary theological doctorate (D. theol. Hc).


Friedrich SEETZEN was canon of the cathedral to Wurzen . The sculptor Georg Wrba was won over for the extensive redesign of the interior of the cathedral in 1931/1932 . He created a cycle of late Expressionist sculptures made of cast bronze , which still dominate the cathedral's furnishings today, including the bronze pulpit : the heads of the apostles at the base of the pulpit cage bear the facial features of the canons of that time - including the Seetzens.


He was unmarried. The most famous Seetzen from this family is the doctor and research traveler Ulrich Jasper Seetzen .

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Individual evidence

  1. Friedrich Seetzen: From my life , manuscript completed in October 1939
  2. Josef Matzerath : Aspects of Saxon State Parliament History - Presidents and Members of Parliament from 1833 to 1952 , Dresden 2001, p. 127
  3. ^ Josef Matzerath: Aspects of the history of the Saxon state parliament - presidents and members of parliament from 1833 to 1952 , Dresden 2001, p. 51
  4. Beginning with the pulpit stairs: Ludwig Ihmels as Matthias, Johannes Wiede as Simon Zelotes, Richard Weidauer as Matthäus, Börries von Münchhausen as Thomas, Paul Herfurth as Andreas, Gotthard von Pentz as Jakobus, at the lectern above Friedrich Krug von Nidda and von Falkenstein as Paulus, Hermann Ilgen as Petrus, Hans Wrba (son of the artist Georg Wrba) as Johannes, Alfred Ackermann as Philippus, Friedrich Seetzen as Bartholomäus, Paul Geipel as Thaddäus, Georg Wrba as Jakobus Alphäus