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Kurt Georg Kiesinger
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Kurt Georg Kiesinger in 1967
Chancellor of Germany
(West Germany)
In office
1 December 1966 – 21 October 1969
President Heinrich Lübke
Gustav Heinemann
Vice Chancellor Willy Brandt
Preceded by Ludwig Erhard
Succeeded by Willy Brandt
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union
In office
23 May 1967 – 5 October 1971
General Secretary Bruno Heck
Preceded by Ludwig Erhard
Succeeded by Rainer Barzel
Minister President of Baden-Württemberg
In office
17 December 1958 – 1 December 1966
Deputy Hermann Veit
Wolfgang Haußmann
Preceded by Gebhard Müller
Succeeded by Hans Filbinger
Member of the Bundestag
for Baden-Württemberg
In office
14 December 1976 – 4 November 1980
Constituency Party list
Member of the Bundestag
for Waldshut
In office
20 October 1969 – 14 December 1976
Preceded by Anton Hilbert
Succeeded by Norbert Nothhelfer
Member of the Bundestag
for Ravensburg – Bodensee
In office
7 September 1949 – 19 February 1959
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Eduard Adorno
Personal details
Born (1904-04-06)6 April 1904
Ebingen, Württemberg, Germany
Died 9 March 1988(1988-03-09) (aged 83)
Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany (now Germany)
Political party Christian Democratic Union (1946–1988)
Nazi Party (1933–1945)
Spouse(s)
Marie-Luise Schneider (m. 1932)
Children 2
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Kurt Georg Kiesinger (6 April 1904 – 9 March 1988) was a German politician who served as Chancellor of Germany (West Germany) from 1 December 1966 to 21 October 1969. Before he became Chancellor he served as Minister President of Baden-Württemberg from 1958 to 1966 and as President of the Federal Council from 1962 to 1963. He was Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union from 1967 to 1971.

Kiesinger studied law and worked as a lawyer in Berlin from 1935 to 1940. To avoid conscription, he found work at the Foreign Office in 1940, and became deputy head of the Foreign Office's broadcasting department. During his service at the Foreign Office, he was denounced by two colleagues for his anti-Nazi stance. He had nevertheless joined the Nazi Party in 1933, but remained a largely inactive member.

In 1946 he became a member of the Christian Democratic Union. He was elected to the Bundestag in 1949, and was a member of the Bundestag until 1958 and again from 1969 to 1980. He left federal politics for eight years to serve as Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, and subsequently became Chancellor by forming a grand coalition with Willy Brandt's Social Democratic Party.

Kiesinger was considered an outstanding orator and mediator, and was dubbed "Silver Tongue." He was an author of poetry and various books, and founded the universities of Konstanz and Ulm as Minister President of Baden-Württemberg.

He died in Tübingen on 9 March 1988, four weeks before his 84th birthday. After a requiem mass in Stuttgart's St. Eberhard Church, his funeral procession was followed by protesters (mainly students) who wanted his former membership in the Nazi Party remembered.

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