He was the mayor of Zürich from 1942 to 1944. He was elected to the Swiss Federal Council on 15 December 1943, as the first member of the Social Democratic Party. He handed over office on 31 December 1951.
- Ernst Nobs in the Dodis database of the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland
- Profile of Ernst Nobs with election results on the website of the Swiss Federal Council.
- Newspaper clippings about Ernst Nobs in the 20th Century Press Archives of the German National Library of Economics (ZBW)