Numa Droz

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Numa Droz

Numa Droz (27 January 1844 - 15 December 1899) was a Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1875-1892).

Born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, he was elected to cantonal government of Neuchâtel in 1871 and to the Swiss Council of States in 1872.

On 18 December 1875, he was elected to the Swiss Federal Council and handed over office on 31 December 1892. He was affiliated to the Free Democratic Party of Switzerland. He was elected President of Switzerland in 1881 and 1887.

During his office time he held the following departments:

He died in Bern in 1899.

Droz has been described as a "man of progress" and "one of Switzerland's major political figures".[1] He was a radical democrat who clashed with Bismarck over a police spying case, the Wohlgemut Affair, in 1889.

In La Chaux-de-Fonds a street (rue Numa-Droz, the longest in the town) and in Neuchâtel a square (place Numa-Droz) are named after him. A statue by Charles l'Eplattenier which was erected by the station is at present being renovated and will be placed on Rue Numa-Droz in the autumn of 2012.

Works[edit]

  • Numa Droz, Souvenirs d'un vieux montagnard. Histoire d'un proscrit de 1793. Nouvelle neuchâteloise, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Imprimerie du National suisse, 1869
  • Numa Droz, Instruction civique : manuel à l'usage des écoles primaires supérieures, des écoles secondaires, des écoles complémentaires et des jeunes citoyens, Lausanne, D. Lebet, 1884
  • Numa Droz, Études et portraits politiques, C. Eggimann (Genève), F. Alcan (Paris), 1895
  • Numa Droz, Le rachat des chemins de fer suisses, Bâle et Genève, Georg, 1898
  • Numa Droz, Essais économiques, Genève, C. Eggimann, 1906

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Preceded by
Gottlieb Ringier
President of the Council of States
1875
Succeeded by
Johann Jakob Sulzer
Preceded by
Paul Cérésole
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
1875–1892
Succeeded by
Adrien Lachenal