Franz Jonas. Photo.
Jonas, Franz, b. Vienna, Oct. 4, 1899, d. Vienna, April 24, 1974, printer and politician (Austrian Social Democratic Party, SPÖ); brother of Rudolf Jonas. 1932-1934 secretary of the SDAP (Social Democratic Workers' Party) of the Floridsdorf district of Vienna, 1935-1936 arrested, 1946 district head of Floridsdorf, 1948-1949 City Councillor for Food Supply and Construction, 1951-1965 Mayor of Vienna, 1952-1953 member of the Bundesrat, 1953-1965 member of the Nationalrat, 1965-1974 President of the Republic of Austria. His term of office was characterised by his cautiousness and sense of responsibility in maintaining a balance between the interests of the democratic political parties.