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Germany: National Constituent Assembly: 1848-1849

Präsident der deutschen Nationalversammlung [1]
18 May 1848 - 19 May 1848 Friedrich Lang (Alterspräsident)
19 May 1848 - 16 Dec 1848 Heinrich Freiherr von Gagern [2]
18 Dec 1848 - 11 May 1849 Martin Eduard Sigismund Simson [3]
12 May 1849 - 30 May 1849 Jacob Ludwig Theodor Reh
6 Jun 1849 - 18 Jun 1849 Friedrich Wilhelm Loewe [4]
History:

Elected by general voting (1 May 1848) in accordance with the resolutions of the Vorparlament (Pre-Parliament), which sat in Frankfurt-am-Main from 31 Mar 1848 to 3 Apr 1848; convened (18 May 1848) in the Paulskirche (St. Paul's Church), Frankfurt-am-Main, where most of the sessions took place, except for the period from 6 Nov 1848 to 11 Jan 1849 inclusively, when the Assembly temporarily moved to the Deutsch-Reformierte Kirche (German Reformist Church); passed the law on setting up a provisional central authority for Germany (Gesetz über die Einführung einer provisorischen Centralgewalt für Deutschland, 28 Jun 1848); elected provisional chief executive for Germany, Reichsverweser Erzherzog Johann (29 Jun 1848); debated the Constitution of the German Reich (passed by final voting on 28 Mar 1849); elected (28 Mar 1849) the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. as Kaiser der Deutschen (Emperor of the German; declined election on 3 Apr 1849); disintegrated after Austria and Prussia called back their deputies; radical rump approved the moving of the assembly to Stuttgart, Württemberg (30 May 1849); withdrew recognition of authority of the Reichsverweser and elected Reichsregentschaft (6 Jun 1849); was dispersed by the Württemberg troops (18 Jun 1849). Sources: [5]


[1] Also in official use: Vorsitzender, Erster Vorsitzender, Erster Präsident; Reichsversammlung, verfassunggebende Nationalversammlung, verfassunggebende Reichsversammlung, konstituirende Nationalversammlung.
[2] The sessions of 16 Dec 1848, 18 Dec 1848, 19 Dec 1848, 20 Dec 1848, and 21 Dec 1848 are chaired by Wilhelm Hartwig Beseler, Zweiter Stellvertreter des Vorsitzenden (Second Deputy Chairman, 4 Dec 1848 - 3 Jan 1849). Elected on 18 Dec 1848, Martin Eduard Sigismund Simson assumes the chair on 22 Dec 1848.
[3] The sessions of 11 May 1849 and 12 May 1849 are chaired by Jacob Ludwig Theodor Reh, Erster Stellvertreter des Vorsitzenden (First Deputy Chairman, 10 May 1849 - 12 May 1849).
[4] Jacob Ludwig Theodor Reh resigns on 30 May 1849; the assembly is not in session from 31 May 1849 to 5 Jun 1849, inclusively.
[5] Stenographischer Bericht über die Verhandlungen der deutschen constituirenden Nationalversammlung zu Frankfurt am Main, ed. by Franz Wigard (Frankfurt-am-Main: Johann David Sauerländer, 1848-1849)

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