Arnold Diestel in Hamburg, 1905
|First Mayor of Hamburg and
President of the Hamburg Senate
14 February 1920 – 31 December 1923
|Preceded by||Friedrich Sthamer|
|Succeeded by||Carl Wilhelm Petersen|
|Born||2 March 1857
|Died||3 January 1924 (aged 66)
|Alma mater||Albert Ludwig's University
Frederick William's University (Berlin)
In 1908 the Hamburg Parliament elected Diestel lifelong senator of Hamburg, replacing the late Johann Georg Mönckeberg. On 12 November 1918 the Hamburg revolutionary Soldiers' and Workers' Council deposed the Senate of Hamburg, but reappointed the senators as acting administration only on November 18. In this function Diestel continued during the Weimar Republic, until the complete senate resigned on 27 March 1919, thus ending the life-term mandates under Hamburg's old 1860 constitution.
On 28–30 March 1919 the Hamburg Parliament, first time elected under equal suffrage by men and women of Hamburg, elected a new senate, into which Diestel and six more pre-war senators were reëlected, besides eleven new senators. Diestel was associated, but not a member of the German Democratic Party (Deutsche Demokratische Partei (DDP)). DDP and SPD had formed a coalition majority in the Hamburg Parliament. On 2 February 1920 the fellow senators elected Diestel their president and First Mayor of Hamburg, taking office after the announced resignation of Friedrich Sthamer, becoming ambassador. Diestel's term ended on 31 December 1923. The senate elected Carl Wilhelm Petersen his successor.
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