First Cabinet of Konrad Adenauer
Cabinet Adenauer I
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1st Cabinet of the Federal Republic of Germany
20 September 1949 – 6 October 1953
(until 20 October 1953 as caretaker government)
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Date formed20 September 1949
Date dissolved20 October 1953
(4 years and 1 month)
People and organisations
PresidentTheodor Heuss
ChancellorKonrad Adenauer
Vice-ChancellorFranz Blücher
Member partyChristian Democratic Union
Christian Social Union
Free Democratic Party
German Party (DP)
Opposition partySocial Democratic Party
Communist Party
Bavaria Party
Economic Reconstruction Union
Deutsche Rechtspartei
South Schleswig Voters' Association
Opposition leaderKurt Schumacher † (SPD)[a]
Erich Ollenhauer (SPD)[b]
History
Election(s)1949 West German federal election
Legislature term(s)1st Bundestag
SuccessorAdenauer II

The First Adenauer cabinet (German: Kabinett Adenauer I) was the 1st Government of Federal Republic of Germany in office from 20 September 1949 until 20 October 1953. It was the first democratically-elected German cabinet after World War II. The cabinet was formed after the 1949 elections. Konrad Adenauer reached an agreement on a coalition with the Free Democratic Party (FDP), German Party (DP) and his Christian Democratic Union (CDU) together with their Bavarian sister party Christian Social Union (CSU), setting the stage for Adenauer to become the first Chancellor of Germany. Franz Blücher (FDP) served as Vice-Chancellor of Germany and Federal Minister of Matters of the Marshall Plan. The cabinet was succeeded by the Second Adenauer cabinet.

Composition

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Chancellor &
Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs[c]
20 September 194920 October 1953 CDU
Vice-Chancellor &
Federal Minister of Matters of the Marshall Plan
20 September 194920 October 1953 FDP
Federal Minister of the Interior20 September 194911 October 1950 CDU
11 October 195020 October 1953 CDU
Federal Minister of Justice20 September 194920 October 1953 FDP
Federal Minister of Finance20 September 194920 October 1953 CSU
Federal Minister of Economics20 September 194920 October 1953 independent (politician)
Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture, and Forestry20 September 194920 October 1953 CSU
Federal Minister of Labour20 September 194920 October 1953 CDU
Federal Minister of Transport20 September 194920 October 1953 DP
Federal Minister of Post and Communications20 September 194920 October 1953 CSU
Federal Minister of Public Housing20 September 19499 March 1952 FDP
9 March 195220 October 1953 FDP
Federal Minister of Displaced Persons20 September 194920 October 1953 CDU
Federal Minister of All-German Affairs20 September 194920 October 1953 CDU
Federal Minister for Affairs of the Bundesrat of Germany20 September 194920 October 1953 DP

Notes

  1. ^ until his death on 20 August 1952
  2. ^ from 20 August 1952
  3. ^ Adenauer was also Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs from March 15, 1951 after the office was re-established in 1951.

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