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Alfons Goppel

Alfons Goppel in 1963

In office
1962 – 1978
Preceded by Hans Ehard
Succeeded by Franz Josef Strauss

In office
1958 – 1962

Born October 1, 1905(1905-10-01)
Died December 24, 1991
Nationality German
Political party CSU
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Catholic

Alfons Goppel (October 1, 1905 in Reinhausen, near Regensburg - December 24, 1991 in Johannesberg, near Aschaffenburg) was a German politician of the CSU party and Prime Minister of Bavaria (1962-1978).



Alfons Goppel was born in 1905 as one of nine children of the baker Ludwig Goppel and his wife Barbara.

He married Gertrud Wittenbrink in 1935 and together they had six sons.

Goppel studied law in Munich from 1925 to 1929 and, after graduating, moved back to Regensburg, where he became a lawyer. He joined the state prosecutors office in 1934 and was posted to Mainburg, Kaiserslautern and finally Aschaffenburg. He joined the conservative Bavarian People's Party in 1930 and was a member until the party's self-dissolution in November 1933. He joined the SA (1933) and the NSDAP (1937) in the following years.

He took part in the campaigns in France and Russia in the German Wehrmacht during the Second World War and later became an instructor at the Infanterieschule Döberitz, near Berlin, a trainings camp of the German army.

Returning from the war, he became an official at the city of Aschaffenburg, responsible for housing and refugees. He was elected to the Bavarian Landtag in October 1947 but barred from taking up his seat due to his political past. He, unsuccessfully, campaigned for the Landtag in 1950 again, became second mayor of Aschaffenburg in 1952 and finally, in 1954, was elected to the Landtag and permitted to take up his seat. He remained in the Bavarian parliament until 1978, when he gave it up to become a member of the European Parliament.

He unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Würzburg in 1956 and became an under secretary in the Bavarian Ministry of Justice the year after. He was Bavarian Minister of the Interior (1958-1962) and prime minister of Bavaria from December 11, 1962 to November 7, 1978, serving as President of the Bundesrat in 1972/73. In 1974 he gained the highest election victory for the CSU in Bavarian history with 62.1% of the votes.

From 1979 to 1984 he was a member of the European Parliament, as such being part of the first freely elected group of MPs in 1979[1].

One of his sons, Thomas Goppel, later served as Minister of Science, Research and the Arts (2003-2008).

The Alfons-Goppel-Stiftung (Alfons Goppel Foundation), formed in 1980 and named after him, supports needy children in third-world countries.


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A street in Munich was named after him in 2005
Preceded by
Hans Ehard
Prime Minister of Bavaria
1962 – 1978
Succeeded by
Franz Josef Strauss


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