Friedrich Wilhelm Sollmann (1881- 1951) was a German labor leader, journalist, and Reichminister. Exiled from Germany in 1933, Sollmann sought refuge in the United States and eventually became an American citizen. He adopted William F. Sollman as his preferred form of address.
Credited with the co-founding of the University of Cologne in 1919, Sollmann became editor-in-chief of the Rheinische Zeitung that same year and served in this post until 1933. In 1919 he was a member of the German delegation to the Versailles Peace Treaty conference and served as a representative to the Constitutional National Assembly at Weimar. In 1920 Sollmann was elected to the first of his eight terms in the Reichstag. Sollmann was also the Secretary of the Interior in two cabinets under Chancellor Gustav Stresemann.
Attacked and nearly beaten to death by Nazi storm troopers in 1933, Sollmann became a German exile, and took up the editorship of the Deutsche Freiheit, a daily paper of the Saar territory. Sollmann emigrated to the United States, where he became an associate staff member of Pendle Hill, a Quaker study center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. He was dedicated to peaceful resolution of world problems, prescribing, "Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate."