Charles Oser

Charles Oser
10th Chancellor of Switzerland
In office
Preceded by Oskar Leimgruber
Succeeded by Karl Huber
Personal details
Born 17 February 1902
Sion, Switzerland
Died 29 March 1994 (1994-03-30) (aged 92)
Bern, Switzerland
Political party Free Democratic Party of Switzerland (FDP)
Alma mater University of Lausanne
University of Bern

Charles Oser (born 17 February 1902 in Sion, Switzerland) was a Swiss Politician from the Free Democratic Party of Switzerland (FDP).

Oser originated from a bourgeois francophone family from Bâle. He studied at Lausanne before pursuing legal studies at the Universities of Lausanne and Bern, obtaining his doctorate in 1927.

He was employed at the Federal Chancellery and the Senate in 1928 as secretary-translator, later becoming Vice-Chancellor in 1944. In 1951, after the departure of Chancellor Oskar Leimgruber, he was elected Chancellor, defeating the Catholic-Conservative People's Party candidate, Thurgau Chief Justice Joseph Plattner. Oser did not employ a second francophone vice-chancellor while serving as Chancellor, fulfilling the duties himself.

During his mandate, he began the systematic collection of federal law, which was completed in 1974 under Chancellor Karl Huber and has been sustained continuously. Oser resigned in 1967.


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  1. Thomas Schibler. "Oser, Charles". Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  2. "Schweizerische Bundeskanzlei - Charles Oser (1952-1967)". 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
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