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Franz Blücher

In office
20 September 1949 – 29 October 1957
Preceded by vacant
last office holder: Franz von Papen
Succeeded by Ludwig Erhard

Federal Minister for Matters of the Marshall Plan
later renamed
Minister for Economic Cooperation
In office
20 September 1949 – 29 October 1957
Preceded by new office
Succeeded by Hermann Lindrath
as Minister for Federal Patrimony

Born 24 March 1896
Essen, German Empire
Died March 26, 1959 (aged 63)
Germany Bad Godesberg, West Germany
Political party FDP
Free People's Party (FVP)

Franz Blücher (24 March 1896 – 26 March 1959) was a German politician and member of the German Parliament (Bundestag).

Blücher was born in Essen, Rhine Province, German Empire.

After World War II, Blücher was one of the founders of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and served as chairman in the British occupation zone (1946-1949) and as Federal Chairman (1949-1954).

From 1949 to 1957, he was a member of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's cabinet. As representative of the second-largest government party, he occupied the position of Vice-Chancellor of Germany and also held the Ministry for Matters of the Marshall Plan, which in 1953 was renamed Ministry for Economic Cooperation.

In 1956, he - along with other fifteen ministers and parliamentarians - sided with Chancellor Adenauer against his party and formed the Free People's Party (FVP), which early in 1957 merged with the German Party (DP).

After the elections of 1957, in which Adenauer won an absolute majority, Blücher's party left the government.

Blücher died on 26 March 1959 in Bad Godesberg, North Rhine-Westphalia.

Preceded by
Vice Chancellor of Germany
Succeeded by
Ludwig Erhard


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