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Johann Nepomuk Berger
Austrian member of Down Austrian regional parliament, member of Austrian empire council, local politician and lawyer

Johann Nepomuk Berger

Johann Nepomuk Berger
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Intro Austrian member of Down Austrian regional parliament, member of Austrian empire council, local politician and lawyer
Was Teacher Writer Politician
From Austria
Field Academia Literature Politics
Gender male
Birth 16 September 1816, Prostějov, Czech Republic
Death 9 December 1870, Vienna, Austria (aged 54 years)
Star sign Virgo
Children: Alfred von Berger
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Johann Nepomuk Berger, Lithograph by Eduard Kaiser, 1860

Johann Nepomuk Berger (pseudonym: Sternau) (born 16 September 1816 in Proßnitz, Moravia ; died 9 December 1870 in Vienna, Austria) was an Austrian lawyer, politician and writer.

Life and early career

Berger studied law, mathematics and philosophy at the University of Vienna and received his doctorate (jur. dr.) in 1841. In 1844 he began teaching criminal law and natural law at the Theresianum in Vienna. The following year he began a successful law practice in the same city.

Political career

On 24 May 1848 Berger was elected as a deputy to the Frankfurt National Assembly (Frankfurter Nationalversammlung) till 23 April 1849, as a member of the Donnersberg (radical left), representing Mähren-Olmütz in Moravia and opposed the proposal to offer the title of Emperor to the King of Prussia. He was considered one of the sharpest and wittiest speakers of the extreme left.

For a while he served at the Imperial Court in Vienna as a court lawyer. In March 1861 he entered the Lower Austrian Diet who in turn elected him in 1863 to the lower house (Chamber of Deputies, Abgeordnetenhaus) of the Imperial Council (Reichsrat) as a leading member of the Liberals and was active as a committee member and speaker. Since 1861 he had been a proponent of Dual Monarchy, writing in "Zur lösung der österreichische verfassungsfrage". Under that arrangement in 1867 he was appointed by the Chairman of the Ministers' Conference Minister-President Beust (1867-1867) to cabinet on 30 December as Minister without Portfolio in what was known as the "Citizen's Ministry" (Bürgerministerium) (1867-1870), because the majority were commoners.

Berger was considered to belong to a minority in the ministry, who desired reconciliation with the Slavic nationalities on the basis of direct elections instead of parliamentary delegations. In this minority were Taaffe, Potocki, Berger and Beust (Hayes 1994, 191-226), lined up against Karl Giskra, Eduard Herbst, Leopold von Hasner, Rudolf Brestel and Ignaz Freiherr von Plener. He resigned on 15 January 1870 from Taaffe's first cabinet (1868-1870) along with Taaffe and Potocki, when their "Minority Memorandum" which Berger had written was rejected by the Emperor. This favoured making concessions to the federalists, but the Emperor favoured the Liberal majority position. He then left politics.


In 1894 the 16th district of Vienna (Ottakring) named the Johann-Nepomuk-Berger-Platz in his honour.


  • Die Preßfreiheit und das Preßgesetz (Wien 1848) (Freedom of the press and press law)
  • Die österreichische Wechselordnung vom 25. Jan. 1850 (1850) (The Austrian Exchange Regulation of 25 Jan. 1850)
  • Kritische Beiträge zur Theorie des österreichischen allgemeinen Privatrechts (Wien 1856) (Critical contributions to the theory of Austrian general private law)
  • Über die Todesstrafen (1864) (Concerning the Death Penalty)
  • Zur Lösung der österreichischen Verfassungsfrage (1861) (For the solution of the Austrian constitutional issue)


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