Luther, Hans

Luther, Hans

(häns lo͞o`tər), 1879–1962, German statesman. As Gustav StresemannStresemann, Gustav
, 1878–1929, German statesman. A founder (1902) and director (until 1918) of the Association of Saxon Industrialists, Stresemann entered the Reichstag in 1907 as a deputy of the National Liberal party and represented the interests of big business.
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's minister of finance he aided Hjalmar SchachtSchacht, Hjalmar Horace Greeley
, 1877–1970, German financier. He held executive positions in several major German banks before becoming (1923) commissioner of currency. Inflation had reached its height and the paper mark had become worthless.
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 in stabilizing the German currency. A non-partisan in centrist coalitions, he succeeded Wilhelm Marx as chancellor, heading two successive center-right coalition cabinets (1925–26). With Stresemann as his foreign minister, he negotiated the Locarno PactLocarno Pact,
1925, concluded at a conference held at Locarno, Switzerland, by representatives of Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Poland.
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 in 1925. Luther was president (1930–33) of the Reichsbank and German ambassador (1933–37) to the United States. His memoirs appeared in 1960.
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A descendant of Martin Luther, Hans Luther, was the ambassador from Germany to the United States, and he gave the main address.
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