Franz Lieber

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Franz Lieber was born in Berlin, Prussia back in 1789/1800, the exact DOB is unknown.  He joined the Prussian Army in 1815, wounded during the Battle of Waterloo.  After the war, he returned to Berlin entering the University of Berlin.  Moving to Jean he enrolled at the University of Jena in 1820.  Just four months later he finished writing a dissertation in the field of mathematics. 

He fought briefly in the Greek War of Independence.  In 1827, he moved to Boston, where he worked as a gymnasium administrator.  While in Boston he edited an Encyclopedia Americana between 1829-1833.  He became a professor of history and political economics at South Carolina College serving 20 years.  From 1856-1865 he held the position of Professor of history and political science at Columbia University.  He died in 1872, he was 72-74 year of age.

What you may not know about Franz is that he was the author of the Lieber Code during the American Civil War, also known as the Code for the Government of Armies in the Field (1863).  The Lieber Code is considered the first document to comprehensively outline rules regarding the conduct of war, and laid the foundation for the Geneva Conventions.

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Comments (14)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I seem to remember this for some reason but it was a foundation.

Jun 07, 2021 03:17 AM
James Dray

Moring Grant,


Your memory bank is larger than mine.

Jun 07, 2021 03:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... I'm not ashamed to admit that I have never heard of the Lieber Code. But I am proud that a "fellow" Prussian made it happen.

Jun 07, 2021 03:57 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Franz was definitely a thinker way ahead of his time. Thank goodness. Enjoy your day.

Jun 07, 2021 04:51 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Now to make the world more modern, would be an end to all killing. 

Make yourself an awesome day.

Jun 07, 2021 05:05 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never heard of that code until now and I think it is somewhat funny that there are rules associated with wars, haha.

Jun 07, 2021 05:07 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

This one is new to me as I see it is to many others. It's a shame that many tin horn dictators ignore those rules and commit genocide, often against their own peoples.

Jun 07, 2021 06:23 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I admit I seem to know less(and less) as I continue to learn more each day.  

Jun 07, 2021 06:42 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning James! Thank you once again for a great insight to another interesting life

Jun 07, 2021 07:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jun 07, 2021 07:37 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James,

I knew about the Geneva Conventions as Rules of War, but did not know who, when or where...Thank you for the education.  A

Jun 07, 2021 07:52 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I always enjoy reading about the foresight that so many people you feature have.  Things they do can affect future generations around the world.

Jun 07, 2021 09:23 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi james- now that is very interesting. We've all heard of the Geneva Convention but I may have to read more about the Lieber Code. 

Jun 07, 2021 10:06 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

What a truly interesting man. So much has been accomplished by those who are simply treated as footnotes in history.

Jun 07, 2021 12:10 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

You would think as a military man from a previous life I would know this but in all fairness the answer is First Time I heard it:)Endre

Jun 07, 2021 10:45 PM