Johann Conrad Kern, Switzerland (1808-1888)

Johann Conrad Kern, an outstanding politician and diplomat studied Law at Basel, Berlin and Holderberg. Kern became a member of the Great Council in 1832 and its President in 1834.

In 1837 Kern led the constitutional review process and was also made President of the Justice Committee, a post that he held until 1847. In addition Kern held the post of first President of the Swiss Federal Court. At Kern's suggestion an agricultural school was founded in 1841 and in 1847 Kern opened a canton school.

In 1857 Kern was sent to Paris as the Swiss ambassador, he was also made the minister of the confederacy at that time. He stayed in Paris until 1883 before returning to Switzerland to write his "Souvenirs Politiques."

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