The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Furrer, Jonas
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FURRER, fur'ẽr, Jonas, Swiss statesman: b. Winterthur 1805; d. 1861. After studying at Zürich, Heidelberg and Göttingen he became president of the Grand Council of Switzerland in 1839, a position which he again occupied in 1844. In 1845 he received his appointment as president of the Cantonal Diet, and when the new federal constitution went into effect he was elected President of the Swiss Confederation and was thrice re-elected. He wrote ‘Das Erbrecht der Stadt Winterthur’ (1832).