Tenhagen attended elementary school and after completing his apprenticeship was employed as a typesetter . In 1932 he moved to Ruhröl GmbH in Bottrop as a chemical worker, where he was promoted to works foreman in 1938.
Tenhagen had been a member of the union since 1927 . He joined the SPD in 1931 and was mainly active in socialist youth work.
After 1945 he was committed to rebuilding the trade unions. He had been city councilor from 1946 and Lord Mayor of Bottrop from 1946 to 1949 . In 1948 he was elected chairman of the SPD sub-district Recklinghausen.
Tenhagen was a member of the German Bundestag from the first general election in 1949 until his death. In the federal election in 1949 he won the constituency of Gladbeck - Bottrop and in 1953 he entered parliament via the state list of the SPD North Rhine-Westphalia . From 1953 until his death he was deputy chairman of the Bundestag committee for local politics .
On the night of August 21-22, 1954, Tenhagen had a fatal accident during a spa stay in the Black Forest when he fell out of the window of his hotel room on the third floor in Neuenweg.
In the Boy district of Bottrop , Wilhelm-Tenhagen-Strasse was named after him.
- Rudolf Vierhaus , Ludolf Herbst (eds.), Bruno Jahn (collaborators): Biographical manual of the members of the German Bundestag. 1949-2002. Vol. 2: N-Z. Attachment. KG Saur, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-598-23782-0 , p. 871.
- The City Day. Journal for Community Practice and Science. Vol. 7, W. Kohlhammer, 1954, p. 468.
- Suicide of a member of the Bundestag? In: New Germany . August 24, 1954, p. 2.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German politician (SPD), Member of the Bundestag|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 14, 1911|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Duisburg|
|DATE OF DEATH||August 22, 1954|
|Place of death||Neuenweg|