Gagern, Heinrich, Freiherr von

Gagern, Heinrich, Freiherr von

(hīn`rĭkh frī`hĕr fən gä`gərn), 1799–1880, German statesman. A Hessian parliamentary leader and leading advocate of German unity, he became (1848) president of the Frankfurt ParliamentFrankfurt Parliament,
1848–49, national assembly convened at Frankfurt on May 18, 1848, as a result of the liberal revolution that swept the German states early in 1848. The parliament was called by a preliminary assembly of German liberals in Mar.
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. He at first favored Prussian leadership and the exclusion of Austria from German affairs but later reversed his stand.
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