The Reichspräsident (English: President of the Reich) was the German head of state under the Weimar constitution, which was officially in force in Germany from 1919 to 1945. In English he was usually simply referred to as the President of Germany, not to be confused with the Bundespräsident of the North German Confederation (Präsidium des Bundes), King of Prussia Wilhelm I, nor with the Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundespräsident der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) after 1949.
List of officeholders
|Name||Portrait||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Remarks|
|Friedrich Ebert (1871–1925)||Saddle-maker from 1885 to 1888; Trade-union activist;|
SPD politician (Social Democratic Party of Germany), member of the Reichstag, Reichskanzler; died in office.
|Hans Luther (1879–1962)||Dr. jur. Luther was acting (representative according to § 51) President as Chancellor of the German Reich |
(Reichskanzler des Deutschen Reichs from 20 January 1925 until 18 May 1926).
|Walter Simons (1861–1937)||Präsident des Reichsgerichts und des Reischsstaatsgerichtshofes Prof. Dr. jur. h. c. Simons, |
acting (geschäftsführender ) President between Ebert's death and von Hindenburg taking office.
|Paul von Hindenburg (1847–1934)||
6 May 1932
2 August 1934
|Generalfeldmarschall of the Imperial German Army and recipient of highest German and international decorations; died in office.|
|Adolf Hitler (1889–1945)||Reichspräsident and Reichskanzler in personal union; Soldier, artist and politician of the NSDAP;|
unofficial title "Führer und Reichskanzler"
|Karl Dönitz (1891–1980)||Only Reichspräsident (not Reichskanzler); Officer of the German Navy, Großadmiral of the Kriegsmarine, member of the NSDAP and |
recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.