Third Adenauer cabinet

The third Adenauer cabinet was formed by incumbent Chancellor Konrad Adenauer after the 1957 federal election. The cabinet was sworn in on 29 October 1957, and remained until it was succeeded by the fourth Adenauer cabinet on 17 October 1961.

Third Adenauer Cabinet (Adenauer III)
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cabinet of West Germany
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Date formed29 October 1957 (1957-10-29)
Date dissolved17 October 1961 (1961-10-17)
People and organisations
Head of statePresident Theodor Heuss
Head of governmentKonrad Adenauer
Member parties
Opposition partySPD
Opposition leaderErich Ollenhauer
Election(s)1957 West German federal election
Legislature term(s)3rd Bundestag
PredecessorAdenauer II
SuccessorAdenauer IV


Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer15 September 194911 October 1963CDU
Federal Minister for Economy
 Ludwig Erhard29 October 195715 October 1963Independent
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heinrich von Brentano6 June 195530 October 1961CDU
Federal Minister of the Interior Gerhard Schröder20 October 195313 November 1961CDU
Federal Minister of Justice Fritz Schäffer29 October 195714 November 1961CSU
Federal Minister of Finance Franz Etzel29 October 195714 November 1961CDU
Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forests Heinrich Lübke20 October 195315 September 1959CDU
 Werner Schwarz15 September 195926 October 1965CDU
Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Theodor Blank29 October 195726 October 1965CDU
Federal Minister of Defence Franz Josef Strauss16 October 195616 December 1962CSU
Federal Minister of Transport Hans-Christoph Seebohm[1]20 September 194930 November 1966DP
Federal Minister of Post and Telecommunications Richard Stücklen29 October 19571 December 1966CSU
Federal Minister of Housing Construction Paul Lücke29 October 195726 October 1965CDU
Federal Minister of Displaced Persons, Refugees and War Victims Theodor Oberländer20 October 19534 May 1960CDU
 Hans-Joachim von Merkatz[1]4 May 196014 November 1961CDU
Federal Minister of All-German Affairs Ernst Lemmer29 October 195711 December 1962CDU
Federal Ministry of Nuclear Energy and Water Policy Siegfried Balke16 October 195613 December 1962CSU
Federal Minister of Family and Youth Affairs Franz-Josef Wuermeling20 October 195311 December 1962CDU
Federal Minister of Bundesrat and State Affairs Hans-Joachim von Merkatz[1]26 May 195513 December 1962DP
Federal Minister of Federal Patrimony Hermann Lindrath29 October 195727 February 1960 ( )CDU
 Hans Wilhelmi4 May 196014 November 1961CDU

References and NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Note: Hans-Christoph Seebohm and Hans-Joachim von Merkatz were originally members of the German Party (DP). Both left it in July 1960 to join the CDU in September of the same year.
  • "Kabinette Adenauer". (in German). Retrieved 18 November 2019.