Hugo Retemeyer

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Hugo Retemeyer (born April 24, 1851 in Mascherode ; † March 17, 1931 in Braunschweig ) was Lord Mayor of Braunschweig from 1904 to 1925 .

life and work

Hugo Retemeyer's grave in the main cemetery in Braunschweig

He was the son of a landowner. After finishing school in Braunschweig, he studied law at the Universities of Göttingen and Leipzig . After the first (1874) and second (1878) state legal examinations, Retemeyer became an unskilled worker for the city council in Braunschweig. In 1880, he was elected a paid magistrate and city councilor. He worked as a building officer on the canalization and the expansion of the outer city streets and was appointed mayor in 1894. On January 28, 1904, he succeeded Wilhelm Pockels as Lord Mayor of Braunschweig. He was inaugurated on February 10, 1904. A few days before his resignation on March 31, 1925, he was made an honorary citizen of the city of Braunschweig.

From 1887 to 1890 he was a member of the Reichstag and represented the constituency of the Duchy of Braunschweig 1 (Braunschweig - Blankenburg). From February 1904 to 1919 he was a member of the Braunschweig Landtag for the 2nd constituency of the city of Braunschweig , of which he was temporarily from 1917 to 1919.

World war one and inflation

Retemeyer consistently pursued an economical financial policy. However, the city fortunes acquired by 1914 were lost during the subsequent inflation . As a result of the First World War , the population fell from 147,000 in 1914 to 128,000 at the end of the war in 1918.

During his tenure in 1910 the new city ​​archive and the city ​​library were opened. Several schools and churches were rebuilt.

Retemeyerstraße in the southern part of Brunswick is named after him.


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Fritz Specht, Paul Schwabe: The Reichstag elections from 1867 to 1903. Statistics of the Reichstag elections together with the programs of the parties and a list of the elected representatives. 2nd Edition. Carl Heymann Verlag, Berlin 1904, p. 278.