Walter Hallstein

1901 - 1982

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Walter Hallstein (17 November 1901 – 29 March 1982) was a German academic, diplomat and statesman who was the first president of the Commission of the European Economic Community and one of the founding fathers of the European Union. Hallstein began his academic career in the 1920s Weimar Republic and became Germany's youngest law professor in 1930, at the age of 29. During World War II he served as a First Lieutenant in the German Army in France. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Hallstein has received more than 553,731 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Walter Hallstein is the 3,038th most popular politician (up from 3,365th in 2019), the 814th most popular biography from Germany (up from 918th in 2019) and the 225th most popular German Politician.

Walter Hallstein is most famous for his work in the European Union. He was the first president of the European Commission and is credited with the idea of the European Economic Community.

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Among politicians, Walter Hallstein ranks 3,038 out of 19,576Before him are Lluís Companys, Xanana Gusmão, Laurent Gbagbo, Topa Inca Yupanqui, Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora, and Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse. After him are Emperor Kōrei, Muwatalli II, Eric III of Denmark, Condoleezza Rice, Abdul Hamid, and Augustin Robespierre.

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Among people born in 1901, Walter Hallstein ranks 54Before him are Carl Barks, Eisaku Satō, Zhang Xueliang, José Leandro Andrade, Louis Kahn, and Lee Strasberg. After him are Luis Monti, Mildred Harris, Paul Lazarsfeld, Erhard Heiden, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, and Charles Brenton Huggins. Among people deceased in 1982, Walter Hallstein ranks 46Before him are Helen of Greece and Denmark, Hermann Balck, Walther Wenck, Lee Strasberg, Varlam Shalamov, and Meša Selimović. After him are Peter Weiss, Vladimir K. Zworykin, Gershom Scholem, E. H. Carr, Sobhuza II, and Takashi Shimura.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Walter Hallstein ranks 814 out of 7,253Before him are Agnes of Merania (1175), Boris Becker (1967), Sabine Bergmann-Pohl (1946), Ernest, Elector of Saxony (1441), Michael Praetorius (1571), and Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse (1504). After him are Albert of Brandenburg (1490), Wilhelm Windelband (1848), Günther Prien (1908), Hermann of Reichenau (1013), Klaus Nomi (1944), and Peter Weiss (1916).

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