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Jean Baptista von Schweitzer
German politician

Jean Baptista von Schweitzer

Jean Baptista von Schweitzer
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Intro German politician
A.K.A. Johann Baptist von Schweitzer-Allesina, Johann Schweitzer
Was Writer Politician Activist Trade unionist Playwright Poet
From Germany
Field Activism Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature Politics
Gender male
Birth 12 July 1833, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Death 28 July 1875, Giessbach, Switzerland (aged 42 years)
Star sign Cancer
Politics General German Workers' Association
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Jean Baptista von Schweitzer

Jean Baptista von Schweitzer (July 12, 1833 – July 28, 1875) was a German politician and dramatic poet.


He was born at Frankfurt am Main, of an old aristocratic Catholic family.

He studied law in Berlin and Heidelberg, and afterwards practised in his native city. He was, however, generally more interested in politics and literature than law.

He was attracted by the social democratic labour movement and after the death of Ferdinand Lassalle, in 1864, he became president of the General Working-men's Union of Germany, and in this capacity edited the Sozialdemokrat, which brought him into frequent trouble with the Prussian government.

He was arrested and charged with the crime of homosexuality but key people within the Social Democrats still supported him.

In 1867 he was elected to the parliament of the North German Federation. In 1868, he coined the term "democratic centralization" to describe the structure of his organization. On his failure to secure election to the German Reichstag in 1871, he resigned the presidency of the Labour Union, and retired from political life.

He died in Switzerland.


Schweitzer composed a number of dramas and comedies, of which several for a while had considerable success. Among them may be mentioned:

  • Alcibiades (Frankfurt, 1858)
  • Friedrich Barbarossa (Frankfurt, 1858)
  • Canossa (Berlin, 1872)
  • Die Darwinianer (Frankfurt, 1875)
  • Die Eidechse (Frankfurt, 1876)
  • Epidemisch (Frankfurt, 1876)

He also wrote one political novel, Lucinde oder Kapital und Arbeit (Frankfurt, 1864).

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