Georg von Hertling

Georg Friedrich Karl Freiherr von Hertling, from 1914 Count von Hertling, (31 August 1843 – 4 January 1919) was a German politician of the Catholic Centre Party. He was foreign minister and minister president of Bavaria, then chancellor of the German Reich and minister president of Prussia from 1 November 1917 to 30 September 1918. He was the first party politician to hold the two offices; all the others were non-partisan.

Georg von Hertling
Chancellor of the German Empire
In office
1 November 1917  30 September 1918
MonarchWilhelm II
Preceded byGeorg Michaelis
Succeeded byMax von Baden
Minister President of Prussia
In office
1 November 1917  30 September 1918
MonarchWilhelm II
Preceded byGeorg Michaelis
Succeeded byMax von Baden
Minister President of Bavaria
In office
9 February 1912  3 October 1917
MonarchOtto
Ludwig III
Preceded byClemens von Podewils-Dürniz
Succeeded byOtto von Dandl
Member of the Reichstag
In office
1896–1912
In office
1875–1890
Personal details
Born
Georg Friedrich Freiherr von Hertling

(1843-08-31)31 August 1843
Darmstadt, Grand Duchy of Hesse, German Confederation
Died4 January 1919(1919-01-04) (aged 75)
Ruhpolding, People's State of Bavaria, Weimar Republic
Political partyCentre
Spouse(s)
Anna Freiin von Biegeleben
(m. 1845)
Children3

Hertling's Catholicism played an important role in both his academic and political life. He belonged to the conservative wing of the Centre party and resisted moves towards making the government dependent on the will of parliament rather than on the emperor, a stance that helped bring down his government in the final months of World War I.


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