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Theodor Reh

Jacob Ludwig Theodor Reh (born November 4, 1801 in Darmstadt ; † March 31, 1868 there ) was a German politician .


Reh studied law at the universities of Giessen and Heidelberg from 1818 to 1822 . In 1821 he entered the Hessian civil service, from 1822 until the end of his life he worked as a court lawyer in his hometown. From 1837 he was a member of the board of directors of Sparkasse Darmstadt .

As early as 1819 he began as a fraternity member (1818: Christian-German fraternity / honorary mirror fraternity Gießen ; 1819: Gießener Allgemeine Burschenschaft Germania [1] ; 1821: Alte Heidelberger Burschenschaft ) [2] to emerge with political actions, in particular the demand for freedom of the press . From 1834-1835 he was a member of the second chamber of the state estates of the Grand Duchy of Hesse for the constituency of Umstadt . He was also a member of the Chamber from 1847–1856. In 1837 he was chosen for its support of press freedom three months detentionheld, but finally acquitted. In the same year he became a member of the Darmstadt municipal council.

In March 1848 he became a delegate of the preliminary parliament in Frankfurt am Main and was a member of the Fifties Committee . From May 19, 1848 to May 30, 1849 he was a member of the Frankfurt National Assembly for Offenbach am Main . He was a member of several committees in the Paulskirche , including the Finance Committee, the Constitutional Committee and the Imperial Deputation . From May 10 to May 12, 1849, he served as first vice-president, then as president of the National Assembly until May 30. Thus he was the last president of the Paulskirche parliament , which on May 31, 1849 as a radicalized rump parliament afterStuttgart moved.

In July 1849 he joined the editorial board of the leading liberal German newspaper . In 1850, Reh was a member of the Erfurt Union Parliament , and until 1856 he was a member of the Hessian estates.


Reh was the son of court judge Justus Jakob Balthasar Reh (1753-1820) and his wife Friederike Luise Sophie Reh, née Draudt (1766-1854).

Wilhelmine Natalie Reh emerged from his first marriage (marriage on September 11, 1824 in Butzbach ) with Karoline Theodore Luise Weidig (1802–1843), and in August 1868 she married Wilhelm Liebknecht . He was thus related to Pastor Friedrich Ludwig Weidig through his wife , whose defense he had taken on. After the death of his first wife, Reh married Oktavia Caliga (1826–1887) on May 28, 1846 in Darmstadt. From this marriage came the sons Friedrich Caliga-Reh , an opera singer, and Karl Johann Heinrich Reh , who would later follow in his father's footsteps as a liberal member of the state parliament.


  • Jochen Lengemann : MdL Hessen. 1808-1996. Biographical index (= political and parliamentary history of the State of Hesse. Vol. 14 = Publications of the Historical Commission for Hesse. Vol. 48, 7). Elwert, Marburg 1996, ISBN 3-7708-1071-6 , pp. 303-304.
  • Klaus-Dieter Rack, Bernd Vielsmeier: Hessian MPs 1820–1933. Biographical evidence for the first and second chambers of the state estates of the Grand Duchy of Hesse 1820–1918 and the state parliament of the People's State of Hesse 1919–1933 (= Political and parliamentary history of the State of Hesse. Vol. 19 = Work of the Hessian Historical Commission. NF Vol. 29) . Hessian Historical Commission, Darmstadt 2008, ISBN 978-3-88443-052-1 , No. 696.
  • Hans Georg Ruppel, Birgit Groß: Hessian MPs 1820–1933. Biographical evidence for the estates of the Grand Duchy of Hesse (2nd Chamber) and the Landtag of the People's State of Hesse (= Darmstädter Archivschriften. Vol. 5). Verlag des Historisches Verein für Hessen, Darmstadt 1980, ISBN 3-922316-14-X , pp. 214–215.
  • Best / Weege, Handbook of the MdFN; Hat, HP Assembly


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Paul Wentzcke : Fraternity lists. Second volume: Hans Schneider and Georg Lehnert: Gießen - Die Gießener Burschenschaft 1814 to 1936. Görlitz 1942, D. Allgemeine Burschenschaft Germania. No. 126.
  2. Helge Dvorak: Biographical Lexicon of the German Burschenschaft. Volume I: Politicians. Sub-Volume 5: R – S. Winter, Heidelberg 2002, ISBN 3-8253-1256-9 , pp. 22-23.