Rheinhessen administrative district

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Rheinhessen administrative district
Inventory period 1946-1968
Affiliation Rhineland-Palatinate
Administrative headquarters Mainz
Number of municipalities 166
surface 1,336.19 km²
Residents 486,408 (June 30, 1968)
Population density 364 inhabitants / km²

The government district Rheinhessen was one of five administrative districts , the in the 1946 land newly formed Rhineland-Palatinate initially divided. The others were the administrative districts of Pfalz (seat in Speyer , later Neustadt an der Weinstrasse ) and Montabaur , which were also newly established in 1946, as well as the administrative districts of Koblenz and Trier established by Prussia in 1816 .

Administrative division

The administrative district Rheinhessen encompassed the left bank of the Rhine of the former People's State of Hessen , which came under French occupation after the Second World War and became part of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate in 1946. The administrative district of Rheinhessen comprised the independent cities of Mainz and Worms and the districts of Alzey , Bingen , Mainz and Worms . With the exception of the districts of Mainz on the right bank of the Rhine and the island of Kühkopf, it was the same area as the province of Rheinhessen in the People's State of Hesse, which was dissolved in 1937 .


The French occupying power continued the previous province of Rheinhessen (with the small changes described above) as the administrative district of Mainz . This was subordinate to the Oberpräsidium Hessen-Pfalz . With the founding of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the upper presidia ceased to exist and the administrative district was given the name Rheinhessen.

On October 1, 1968, the administrative region of Rheinhessen was combined with the administrative region of Pfalz to form the new administrative region of Rheinhessen-Pfalz . The district government of the new district had its seat in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse . In the course of the district reform that followed, the Rheinhessen districts were merged into larger administrative units. The districts of Alzey and Worms became the district of Alzey-Worms and the districts of Bingen and Mainz became the district of Mainz-Bingen .

District President

1945–1946: Jakob Steffan (1888–1957)
1946–1947: Edmund Kaufmann (1893–1953)
1947–1966: Georg Rückert (1901–1990)
1966–1968: vacant

Individual evidence

  1. Official municipality directory (= State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate [Hrsg.]: Statistical volumes . Volume 407 ). Bad Ems February 2016, p. 146 (PDF; 2.8 MB).