German statesman; born at Mürkisch-Friedland, West Prussia, Jan. 27, 1813; died at Berlin June 2, 1895. Friedberg studied law at the University of Berlin, taking his degree in 1836. He was attached to the Kammergericht at Berlin, where he became district attorney in 1848. Transferred to Greifswald, he was appointed (1850) attorney, and became privatdocent at the university. In 1854 he was called to the Prussian Department of Justice in Berlin. He became member of the Prussian Upper House (1872); assistant secretary of the Prussian Department of Justice (1873); and "Kronsyndikus" (treasurer of the crown of Prussia 1875;) was appointed (1876) German secretary of justice ("Reichsjustizminister); and received (1879) the same portfolio for Prussia. In 1888 he was knighted and decorated with the Prussian Order of the Black Eagle. He resigned from his official positions in 1889.

Early in his career Friedberg became a Protestant. Among his works may be mentioned "Entwurf einer Deutschen Strafprozessordnung," Berlin, 1873

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