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Stresemann, Gustav

Born: 1878 AD
Died: 1929 AD

1878 – Born on May 10th in Berlin, Germany. German politician and diplomat.

        – He wrote critical essays on the Utopia of Thomas More and the lyrics of D.F. Strauss, historical pieces on Bismarck (and later, on Napoleon), and acted as spokesman for his student association.

1901 – Stresemann entered the real world of commerce as a clerk in the Association of German Chocolate Manufacturers in Dresden.

1903 – Married to Käthe Kleefeld.

1906 – Was elected to a seat on the town council of Dresden.

1907 – Won election to the Reichstag.

1912 – With his organizing talent and his persuasiveness, he increased the number of members in the alliance from 180 to 1,000 and to approximately 5,000.

1917 – Was elected leader of the National Liberal Party.

1918 – Stresemann formed the German People’s Party.

1919 – Was elected to the national assembly which gathered at Weimar to frame a new constitution.

1920 – Elected to the new Reichstag and spent the next three years in opposition.

1923 – From August 13th to November 23th, Stresemann was chancellor of a coalition government.

1924 – Stresemann’s successor chose him as his secretary of foreign affairs, an office he was to fill with such distinction under four governments that he was called the greatest master of German foreign policy since Bismarck.

1925 – Took the initiative in arriving at a rapprochement with the Western Allies, especially with France, in guaranteeing the maintenance of the boundaries established at Versailles.

1926 – As another part of his peace offensive, Stresemann signed a rapprochement with Russia, called the Treaty of Berlin, in April.

         – He received the Nobel Peace Prize.

1929 – Died on October 3rd in Berlin, Germany.