Alfred Escher

Swiss politician and railroad entrepreneur Alfred Escher

Johann Heinrich Alfred Escher vom Glas, known as Alfred Escher was a Swiss politician, business leader and railways pioneer.
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home town
Zurich
Death Place
Enge (Zurich)

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Comment nos diplomates ont vu le mur se dresser - Tribune de Genève
Google News - over 6 years
L'Allemand de l'ouest semble plus intéressé par son emploi et ses vacances que par ce qui se trame à Berlin, écrit Alfred Escher. Déjà? Vos commentaires sont les bienvenus. Soyez concis, courtois et pertinents. Les commentaires injurieux et hors sujet
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Die Bundesfeier als Balanceakt - NZZ Online
Google News - over 6 years
Daher brauche es eine vorausschauende Politik und visionäre und durchsetzungsfähige Politiker vom Schlage eines Alfred Escher oder Hans-Peter Tschudi. Diese Politiker gebe es in allen Parteien und zu allen Zeiten. Es brauche aber auch visionäre
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Die Kunst der Belichtung - Badische Zeitung
Google News - almost 7 years
Der Lörracher Fotograf Alfred Escher präsentiert eindrückliche Schwarz-Weiß-Fotografie, die den Betrachter in den Bann zieht. Es sind keine Schnappschüsse, vielmehr zeigen die rund 30 Aufnahmen sorgfältig eingeteilte Bildpoesie, wobei Escher dabei
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Die 1860er-Jahre: Eisenbahn-Blase - handelszeitung.ch
Google News - almost 7 years
Damit kommt Sulzer dem Zürcher Alfred Escher (1819–1882) ins Gehege. Der Nationalrat, Mitgründer der ETH und spätere Gotthardbahn- Präsident ist die treibende Kraft hinter den Privatbahnen. 1856 gründet er die Schweizerische Kreditanstalt
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Eine Villa für die Hoteliers von morgen - Tages-Anzeiger Online
Google News - almost 7 years
Die traditionelle Villa im Belvoirpark, einst Wohnhaus des Zürcher Industriekönigs Alfred Escher, bleibt als Restaurant erhalten. «Wir brauchen dringend mehr Platz», sagte Schuldirektor Paul Nussbaumer gestern vor den Medien
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Schwarzweißfotografie in der Mediathek - Badische Zeitung
Google News - almost 7 years
Eine gelungene Ausstellung mit "Schwarzweißfotografie" von Alfred Escher ist derzeit noch in der Mediathek am Rathaus Efringen-Kirchen zu erleben. Alfred Escher aus Lörrach zeigt einen Querschnitt seiner Arbeiten. Die Ausstellung dauert bis 21
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Swiss Re/Zürcher Stadtrat einverstanden mit Neubauplänen am Hauptsitz - swissinfo.ch
Google News - almost 7 years
So sollen 127 Parkplätze am Hafen Enge sowie rund 30 an der Alfred-Escher-Strasse in die bereits bestehende, öffentlich zugängliche Tiefgarage verlegt werden. Dies ermögliche eine Aufwertung des linken Seeufers gemäss Leitbild "Seebecken der Stadt
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Switzerland Rejects Intervention, Expecting Its Banks to Grow Stronger
NYTimes - over 9 years
As governments in Europe and the United States have rushed to pump trillions of dollars into their troubled banks, the Swiss have thus far chosen to stand pat. Switzerland is wagering that its institutions, backed by hundreds of years of tradition and lots of capital, will not only survive these hard times, but also ultimately thrive. The gamble is
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HOME TO RUNAWAY INTELLECTUALS
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: THE TRIUMPH OF LIBERALISM Zurich in the Golden Age, 1830-1869. By Gordon A. Craig. Illustrated. 314 pp. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. $24.95. THE TRIUMPH OF LIBERALISM Zurich in the Golden Age, 1830-1869. By Gordon A. Craig. Illustrated. 314 pp. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. $24.95. If all the different ways of seeing history share
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In Switzerland, Train Stations Are for Eating
NYTimes - about 29 years
LEAD: T. S. Eliot created a character who . . . pulled her stockings off With a frightful cry of ''Hauptbahnhof!'' T. S. Eliot created a character who . . . pulled her stockings off With a frightful cry of ''Hauptbahnhof!'' POETS are allowed considerable rope, but I'll be hanged if I understand why the cry was frightful. In Switzerland at least,
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1882
    Age 62
    On the morning of 6 December 1882 Alfred Escher died on his "Belvoir" estate.
    At his funeral service on 9 December 1882, which was held in Zurich’s Fraumünster church, the Swiss political elite conferred the last honour on him: Federal Councillors, National and States Councillors as well as countless representatives of the Cantons were in attendance.
    In late November 1882 he fell badly ill again.
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  • 1880
    Age 60
    When the builders of the Gotthard tunnel broke through in 1880, he was not invited to attend.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1878
    Age 58
    Escher was exposed to increasingly vociferous criticism, prompting him to resign as chairman of the Gotthard Rail Company in 1878.
  • 1871
    Age 51
    In 1871 the Gotthardbahn-Gesellschaft (Gotthard Railway Company) was established, with Escher as its chairman.
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    This process prompted irate investors to heap criticism on Alfred Escher, even though he had already resigned from his position as chairman of the Northeastern Railway board in 1871.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1857
    Age 37
    In 1857 Alfred Escher married Augusta Uebel (1838–1864).
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  • 1856
    Age 36
    In 1856 he succeeded in establishing a new bank, Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (now known as Credit Suisse), primarily for the purpose of securing financing for his own rail company, the Swiss Northeastern Railway.
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  • 1854
    Age 34
    From 1854–1882 Escher was vice-chairman of the Federal School Council, the governing body of the Polytechnic Institute.
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  • 1852
    Age 32
    Within a very short period of time competing railway companies were set up, including in 1852-53 the Swiss Northeastern Railway, with Escher at its helm.
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    In 1852 Escher helped push through a railway law drafted entirely in line with his own conceptions: railway construction and operation would be left to private companies.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1849
    Age 29
    With these words uttered in late 1849 Alfred Escher expressed his concern that modernity risked passing Switzerland by.
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  • 1848
    Age 28
    On 15 October 1848 Escher was elected to the National Council and was appointed its Vice-President on 7 November 1848.
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  • 1847
    Age 27
    In 1847 Escher was appointed as Zurich’s Chief Administrator, and in the summer of 1848 he was elected to the cantonal government.
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  • 1845
    Age 25
    In 1845 and 1846 Escher took part in the Federal Council of Cantonal Representatives (Tagsatzung) in Zurich as Third Envoy, which brought him into contact with Switzerland’s leading politicians.
  • 1844
    Age 24
    In August 1844 Escher, now 25 years old, was elected to the Zurich’s Cantonal Parliament.
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    In February 1844 he gave a trial lecture, whereupon the University governing council appointed him as a lecturer in the Faculty of Political Science.
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  • 1843
    Age 23
    Following his return to Zurich in the summer of 1843 Escher devoted himself to a number of academic projects.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1839
    Age 19
    He served as president of the society’s Zurich section in 1839/40 and in September 1840 became overall president of the whole society.
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  • 1837
    Age 17
    During his studies, Escher became involved in the Zofingia student society, which he joined in 1837.
  • 1835
    Age 15
    Escher attended the Zurich Obergymnasium high school from 1835 to 1837.
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  • 1831
    Age 11
    When the family moved into the house in 1831, Heinrich Escher was able to devote himself fully to his passion for botany and his entomological collection.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1819
    Born
    Born in 1819.
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