Gustav Haarmann

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Gustav Haarmann (born August 30, 1848 in Witten , † May 5, 1911 in Berlin ) was a German politician of the National Liberal Party .


Gustav Haarmann studied at the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin , the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn , the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and the University of Leipzig philosophy . In 1872 he graduated from Leipzig and was awarded a doctorate .

The Haarmann temple on the Hohenstein, built in 1916

Following his studies, he traveled to Italy , Greece , Egypt and the Middle East . After his return he became involved in the city of Witten and was elected city ​​councilor in 1874 and chairman of the city ​​council for 1876 and 1877. Since a large part of his fortune was invested in hard coal mining , he decided to study again after the mining activity in Witten declined. So he began studying medicine at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. In 1882 and 1883 he made his medical state examination .

He initially stayed in Bonn and became a city councilor there in 1887. At the same time he was a member of the Reichstag since 1884 and represented the constituency of Bochum and later the constituency of Bochum-Gelsenkirchen-Hattingen for the National Liberal Party . In 1890 he was elected mayor of Witten, in 1905 he became the city's first mayor . Since 1908 he also represented the city in the Prussian House of Representatives. He died there on May 5, 1911 during a business stay in Berlin. He was buried with great sympathy among the population. One of Gustav Haarmann's merits, which extends to the present day, was the acquisition of the site around the Hohenstein, the most important local recreation area in the city. The pavilion dedicated to him, the so-called Haarmann Temple , was privately financed by his brother after the attempt to fund a donation failed.


  • Paul Brandenburg, Karl-Heinz Hildebrand: Witten heads. Biographies from a millennium (=  contributions to the history of the city of Witten . Volume 4 ). VOHM , Witten 2002, ISBN 3-00-010575-1 , p. 57-58 .

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