Jonas Furrer

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Jonas Furrer
Jonas Furrer.jpg
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1805-03-03)March 3, 1805
Died July 25, 1861(1861-07-25) (aged 56)
Bad Ragaz

Jonas Furrer (March 3, 1805 – July 25, 1861) was a Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1848–1861). He was affiliated to the Radical Party.


After studying at Zürich, Heidelberg and Göttingen,[1] he was elected to the Grand Council of Switzerland (German: Kantonsparlament) in 1834, where he was president in 1837 and 1839. In 1845 he became president of the cantonal diet (German: Kantonsregierung) of Zürich. He was President of the Swiss Diet from April 2, 1845, to December 31, 1845.

He was elected to the Federal Council on November 16, 1848, as one of the seven initial members. During his time in office, he presided over the following departments:

He was the first president of the Confederation from November 21, 1848, to December 31, 1849, and again in 1852, 1855 and 1858.

Furrer died in office on July 25, 1861. He wrote Das Erbrecht der Stadt Winterthur (“Inheritance law in the city of Winterthur,” 1832).[1]


  1. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Furrer, Jonas". Encyclopedia Americana. 

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Preceded by
none (The first)
President of the Council of States
Succeeded by
François Briatte
Preceded by
n/a one of the first seven
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Succeeded by
Jakob Dubs