Robert Schmidt (politician)

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Robert Schmidt
Robert Schmidt, 1930

Robert Schmidt (born May 15, 1864 in Berlin , † September 16, 1943 in Berlin-Tempelhof ) was a German politician ( SPD ).

After attending primary school in Berlin, Schmidt learned the profession of piano maker from 1878 to 1883 . In 1890 he was elected chairman of the piano makers' union. From 1893 he worked as a workers secretary and also chairman of the committee of the woodworkers' associations . He was also editor of the social democratic newspaper Vorwärts from 1893 to 1903 . In 1903 he was elected to the General Commission of the German Trade Unions .

Schmidt was a member of the SPD. He had been a delegate to the Nazi Party Congress since 1890 and represented the party at the 1st International Congress in Brussels in 1891 . In 1925 he was a co-opted member of the program commission for the Heidelberg program of the SPD.

Schmidt sat in the Reichstag from 1893 to 1898 and again from 1903 to 1918 in the Reichstag , where he represented the constituency of Berlin V. After the November Revolution , he became a member of the Weimar National Assembly and remained a member of the Reichstag until 1930.

In the Weimar Republic Schmidt was Food Minister in the Scheidemann cabinet (1919), Economics Minister since the Cabinet Bauer (1919) and Vice-Chancellor and Minister for Reconstruction in the Cabinet Stresemann I and Stresemann Cabinet II (1923). In the Cabinet Müller II he was from December 1929 to March 1930 again for a short time Minister of Economic Affairs.


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