Friedrich Ebert in Bremen
Starting in 1894, Ebert would run a beer tavern for six years, where he would advise local workers on questions of social and labor rights.
That same year he married a working-class woman, Louise Rump, with whom he had four sons and a daughter. From 1900 to 1905 he worked as a representative in the Bremen city council. During that time, he also worked as what was then known as a Worker’s Secretary, advising workers as to their rights.
In 1904 Ebert would organize the SPD party council in Bremen. While during the previous year the party council had been marked by extreme controversy, meetings in Bremen would represent harmony and nearly perfect organization. Ebert would garner a reputation of efficiency and order through these meetings, leading to his nomination to the SPD central office in Berlin.