Gottlieb Ringier

Gottlieb Ringier
4th Chancellor of Switzerland
In office
Preceded by Johann Ulrich Schiess
Succeeded by Hans Schatzmann
Personal details
Born 8 December 1837
Sumiswald, Switzerland
Died 7 January 1929 (1929-01-08) (aged 91)
Bern, Switzerland
Political party Free Democratic Pary of Switzerland (FDP)
Alma mater University of Bâle
University of Munich
University of Heidelberg
Religion Reformed

Karl Albrecht Gottlieb Ringier (8 December 1837 – 7 January 1929) was a Swiss politician, President of the Swiss Council of States (1875) and Federal Chancellor (1882–1909).


Ringier's father was a reformed pastor who supervised the parish Sumiswald at the time of his birth. In 1843 he was appointed to Huttwil, where Ringier would attend school.

Having spent his youth in Emmental and studied at Aarau, he studied law at the universities of Bâle, Munich, and Heidelberg. He had to terminate his doctoral studies after the death of his father in 1860 following financial difficulties. He opened his law firm in Zofingue, and was elected to the cantonal parliament in 1862, serving from 1862 to 1864, and again from 1875 to 1880. He was appointed cantonal government prosecutor in 1863, a position he held for nine years. He was subsequently elected to the Council of States in 1868, where he was considered a moderate liberal. He was President of the Swiss Council of States in 1875.

In 1872, he entered the law firm of his father-in-law in Zofingue. Later he suffered lung injuries during work as a firefighter that required four years of treatment in Ajaccio, Rigi, and Davos.

In 1881, he is elected on the fourth ballot as Chancellor of the Confederation, replacing Johann Ulrich Schiess. This was the first time since the creation of the Federal Chancellery that several voting rounds were required for the election of the chancellor.

The University of Basel awarded him with an honorary doctorate in 1901. He later served as the president of the Swiss Schiller Foundation (1905-1918)

His cousin Johann Rudolf Ringier served in the National Council.

Preceded by
Alphons Koechlin
President of the Council of States
Succeeded by
Numa Droz

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