Jonas Furrer, Switzerland, (1805-1861)
Jonas Furrer was born in Winterthur, Switzerland in 1805. After studying at the Political Institute in Zurich he went on to read law. His political career began in 1834 when he was elected to the Great Council (Grossen Rat) for the constituency of Winterthur. He became President in 1837.
When a conservative government took over Winterthur Furrer moved to Wiedikon and was soon elected vice president and later president of that constituency. In 1845 Furrer was elected Mayor of Zurich and finally in 1848 he was elected to the Bundesrat. Furrer was very successful in the Bundesrat, being made President in 1852, 1855 and 1858.