Ludwig Bodenbender

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Information board on a memorial stone on Ludwig-Bodenbender-Platz in Salzboden

Ludwig Bodenbender (born September 20, 1891 in Salzböden ; † May 2, 1962 there ) was a German politician ( SPD ). In 1946 he was a member of the state assembly of Greater Hesse that advised the constitution , from 1946 to 1958 a member of the Hessian state parliament and from 1953 to 1955 Hessian State Minister for Agriculture and Forests .


Ludwig Bodenbender came from a Protestant farming family. He was the son of the farmer and shepherd Johann Adam Bodenbender (1850-1919) and Anna Maria Bodenbender, née Fritz (1851-1935). After attending elementary school, he worked as a metal worker in Giessen . He joined the SPD in 1909, joined the union and was dismissed as a result in 1912. He then worked as a miner at the Fernie mine in Grossen-Linden , with an interruption due to his participation in the First World War . In 1922 he got a job as a union secretary at the Miners' Association.

Bodenbender was a member of the municipal council in Salzböden from 1924 to 1933, where he was elected honorary community leader (mayor). From 1924 to 1933 he was also a member of the district council in the Wetzlar district and there for a time a member of the district committee. After the National Socialists came to power , he was deposed as community leader in 1933. From April to July 1933 he was still a member of the Nassau Municipal Parliament based in Wiesbaden . In 1934 he was imprisoned in Wetzlar for four weeks . He then worked in his parents' farm and from 1940 to 1945 in a company in Krofdorf .

After the Second World War , Bodenbender became mayor of the Salzboden municipality in June 1945. From July to November 1946 he was a member of the state assembly of Greater Hesse that advised the constitution. In the state elections in 1946 , 1950 and 1954 , he was elected directly through the constituency of Wetzlar-Nord as a member of the Hessian state parliament, to which he was a member until 1958. In parliament he was a member of the Committee on Reconstruction and the Committee on Food and Agriculture. From November 9, 1949 to January 14, 1953 and from January 11, 1955 to November 30, 1958, he was chairman of the SPD parliamentary group.

In 1948 and 1949 Bodenbender was sent to the Parliamentary Council by the Hessian state parliament . In 1949 he was a member of the 1st Federal Assembly for the election of the Federal President.

On January 14, 1953, Bodenbender was appointed to the state government led by Prime Minister Georg August Zinn as Hessian Minister of State for Agriculture and Forests ( Zinn I cabinet ). In this function he was from February 1953 to January 1955 as a representative of the State of Hesse and a deputy member of the Federal Council . After the formation of a coalition of the SPD and GB / BHE , he left the government on January 18, 1955. His successor as Minister of Agriculture was Gustav Hacker .

Ludwig Bodenbender was married to Elisabeth Bodenbender, née Rau (* 1896), since 1922.

honors and awards

  • 1956: Large Cross of Merit with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2010: Renaming of the village square in Lollar -Salzboden to Ludwig-Bodenbender-Platz and installation of a memorial stone


  • Reinhold Huttarsch, Michael Müller: Lollar on both sides of the Lahn. Verlag Stadt Lollar, Lollar 1984, ISBN 3-9801030-0-5 .
  • Nassau parliamentarians. Part 2: Barbara Burkardt, Manfred Pult: The municipal parliament of the Wiesbaden administrative district 1868–1933 (= publications of the Historical Commission for Nassau. Vol. 71 = Prehistory and history of parliamentarism in Hesse. Vol. 17). Historical Commission for Nassau, Wiesbaden 2003, ISBN 3-930221-11-X , No. 42.
  • Jochen Lengemann : The Hessen Parliament 1946–1986 . Biographical handbook of the advisory state committee, the state assembly advising the constitution and the Hessian state parliament (1st – 11th electoral period). Ed .: President of the Hessian State Parliament. Insel-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1986, ISBN 3-458-14330-0 , p. 214 ( [PDF; 12.4 MB ]).
  • Jochen Lengemann: MdL Hessen. 1808-1996. Biographical index (= political and parliamentary history of the state of Hesse. Vol. 14 = publications of the Historical Commission for Hesse. Vol. 48, 7). Elwert, Marburg 1996, ISBN 3-7708-1071-6 , pp. 79-80.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Hessisches Staatsarchiv Marburg (HStAMR), Best. 905 No. 1265, p. 23 ( digitized version ).
  2. a b c salt soils: appreciation of Ludwig Bodenbender. In: Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung . October 20, 2010, accessed January 24, 2017 .
  3. Memorial stone for Ludwig Bodenbender in salt soils. In: Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung . November 21, 2010, accessed January 24, 2017 .