Wilhelm Adolf Lette

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Wilhelm Adolf Lette

Wilhelm Adolf Lette (born May 10, 1799 in Kienitz , Neumark , † December 3, 1868 in Berlin ) was a German social politician and lawyer .


Lette was the son of a farmer who sent him to Berlin to attend the grammar school in the gray monastery , where he also passed his school leaving examination. Then he studied from 1816 at the Universities of Heidelberg , Göttingen and Berlin law . During his studies in 1816 he became a member of the Teutonia Heidelberg fraternity . In Berlin in 1818 he was involved in founding the old Berlin fraternity . In addition to law, Lette also dealt with political science and Hegel's philosophy . As a fraternity member and visitor to the Wartburg Festival , he was arrested as part of the demagogue persecution and sentenced to a low prison term. After the sentence was lifted early, he was auscultator and assessor from 1821 . First he worked at the Frankfurt (Oder) court and later in Landsberg . In 1825 he was employed by the General Commission of Soldin as a senior judge, and in 1834 he was promoted to the council in Stargard . In 1835 he was appointed higher regional judge in Posen and in 1840 he was appointed conductor of the people's and agricultural department in the government of Frankfurt (Oder). In April 1843 he was appointed lecturer in the Ministry of the Interior. From January 1844 to 1854 he was a full member of the Landesökonomiekollegium . In 1845 he was involved in the founding of the revision committee for regional cultural causes, whose first presidium he took over.

In the Paulskirche parliament of 1848 he was a member of the economic committee. From 1850 to 1852 he was a member of the First Chamber, 1852 to 1855 of the Second Chamber and from 1855 to 1868 a member of the Prussian House of Representatives .

At the first congress of German economists in 1858, which he helped bring about, he was elected to the “permanent deputation” of the congress.

In the Prussian House of Representatives, Lette first joined the von Vincke faction , belonged to the Left Centrum faction from 1863 to 1866 and joined the National Liberal Party in 1866 . In 1867 he was elected to the North German Reichstag for the constituency Frankfurt / Oder 3. In the early summer of 1868 he fell ill and died six months later.

Honorary grave of Wilhelm Adolf Lette in Berlin-Kreuzberg

Wilhelm Adolf Lette died in Berlin in 1868 at the age of 69. He was buried in a hereditary funeral in cemetery III of the Jerusalem and New Churches in front of the Hallesches Tor . In front of the grave wall made of yellow and red clinker is a high-pedestal marble cross. By resolution of the Berlin Senate , the last resting place of Wilhelm Adolf Lette (grave location 322-EB-128) has been dedicated to the State of Berlin as an honorary grave since 1958 . The dedication was last extended in 2016 by the now usual period of twenty years.

Social engagement

Bust of Lette at the main entrance of the Lette Association

Lette founded the Association for the Promotion of Higher Education and Employment Ability of Women in Berlin in 1866 , today the Lette Association , which he also chaired. As the first institution of this kind, the Lette-Verein became a model for all vocational training centers for women in Germany. From 1872 - under the direction of his eldest daughter Anna Schepeler-Lette  - the association becomes a school sponsor. The Lette Association's school has been located in Berlin-Schöneberg on Viktoria-Luise-Platz since 1902 . In several vocational schools, young women and a. Trained in commercial professions, photography , as a medical-technical assistant , in a specialist class for fashion and as housekeeping managers.

Association and board memberships

Political activity


  • Illumination of the Prussian marriage law reform. Berlin 1842.
  • The rural community and police constitution in Prussia's eastern and central provinces. 1848.
  • Legislation on the use of private rivers for irrigation of land. 1850.
  • The regional cultural legislation of the Prussian state. 3 volumes. 1853-1854.
  • Agricultural credit and mortgage lending. Berlin 1868.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. GStA PK I. HA Rep. 89 No. 30081, fol. 63 r, 64 r
  2. Handbook on the Royal Prussian Court and State or State Calendar for the years 1845 to 1854
  3. ^ Gerhard Eisfeld: The emergence of the liberal parties in Germany . Verlag für Literatur und Zeitgeschehen, Hannover 1969, pp. 19-20
  4. ^ Horst Conrad, Bernd Haunfelder: Prussian parliamentarians. A photo album. 1859-1867. (= Photo documents on the history of parliamentarism and political parties). Preface by Lothar Gall. Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf 1986, p. 90; see also short biography in Mann, Bernhard (edit.): Biographical manual for the Prussian House of Representatives. 1867-1918. (= Handbooks on the history of parliamentarism and political parties. Volume 3). Collaboration with Martin Doerry , Cornelia Rauh and Thomas Kühne. Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf 1988, p. 243.
  5. ^ 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. Verlag Carl Heymann, Berlin 1904, p. 39. A. Phillips (Ed.): The Reichstag elections from 1867 to 1883. Statistics of the elections for the constituent and North German Reichstag, for the customs parliament, as well as for the first five legislative periods of the German Reichstag. Verlag Louis Gerschel, Berlin 1883, p. 25.
  6. Bernd Haunfelder , Klaus Erich Pollmann : Reichstag of the North German Confederation 1867-1870. Historical photographs and biographical handbook (= photo documents on the history of parliamentarism and political parties. Volume 2). Droste, Düsseldorf 1989, ISBN 3-7700-5151-3 , photo p. 209, short biography p. 431.
  7. ^ Hans-Jürgen Mende : Lexicon of Berlin burial places . Pharus-Plan, Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-86514-206-1 , p. 244.
  8. Honorary graves of the State of Berlin (as of November 2018) . (PDF, 413 kB) Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection, p. 51; accessed on March 29, 2019. Recognition and further preservation of graves as honorary graves of the State of Berlin . (PDF, 205 kB). Berlin House of Representatives, printed matter 17/3105 of July 13, 2016, p. 1 and Annex 2, p. 10; accessed on March 29, 2019.
  9. Third report of the Lette Association for the promotion of higher education and employability of the female sex, under the protectorate of Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess, 1868/69 . Berlin 1870, bsb-muenchen.de