Wilhelm Marx, the son of a headmaster, was born on 15th February, 1863. He studied law in Bonn before becoming a lawyer.
In the General Election that took place in December, 1924, he was forced from office. After a spell as prime minister of Prussia he once again became chancellor of Germany in May 1926.
Following the General Election in 1928 Marx resigned as chancellor and as chairman of the Catholic Centre Party (BVP). Wilhelm Marx died in Bonn on 5th August, 1946.