Jakob Nietlispach

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Jakob Nietlispach (born June 9, 1848 in Beinwil (Freiamt) , † November 19, 1918 in Muri ) was a Swiss farmer , judge and politician (Conservative People's Party, today's CVP ). He represented the canton of Aargau in the National Council from 1893 to 1918 .


The son of a farmer first attended the community school in his home town of Beinwil. At the age of twelve he became an orphan, which is why he moved to Wohlen to live with his uncle, Canon Josef Nietlispach, and grew up with him. Having come of age, he took over his father's farm in the Grüt above Beinwil, and in 1876 he bought the mill in the Winterschwil district of his previous property. In addition to his main job as a farmer, he worked from 1873 to 1879 as a parish clerk for Beinwil. In 1874 he was one of the co-founders of the savings and loan fund Oberfreiamt, of which he was Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1899. In addition, he held the office of district administrator from 1912 to 1917.

Nietlispachs political career began in 1879 with the election of the mayor of Beinwil; he held this office for three years. In 1880 he was elected to the Aargauer Grand Council , but he had to resign in 1882 after he had been appointed district judge. In 1884/85 he was a member of the Constitutional Council involved in drafting a new cantonal constitution. From 1885 to 1912 he served as President of the District Court in the Muri District . The new constitution enabled him to be re-elected to the Grand Council in 1885, of which he was a member until his death.

In the years 1898/99 Nietlispach was the first conservative President of the Grand Council after the constitutional revision. He also presided over the conservative faction in the Grand Council from 1902 . In the parliamentary elections in 1893 , Nietlispach was elected to the National Council in the Aargau-Südost constituency. Eight times in a row he was re-elected, with each election due to his undisputed lack of competition. In the parliament in Bern he was particularly committed to ideological and agricultural issues. Nietlispach was a promoter of the agricultural cooperative system, from 1885 to 1917 he was a member of the board of directors of Spar- und Leihkasse Nidwalden. In 1917 he was a delegate of the Swiss Farmers' Union and federal field commissioner.

His son Emil Nietlispach was later also a member of the National Council and party president.


  • Biographical Lexicon of the Canton of Aargau 1803–1957 . In: Historical Society of the Canton of Aargau (Ed.): Argovia . tape 68/69 . Verlag Sauerländer, Aarau 1958, p. 577-578 .

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