Karl August von Hardenberg

Karl August Fürst[note 1] von Hardenberg (31 May 1750, in Essenrode-Lehre – 26 November 1822, in Genoa) was a Prussian statesman and Prime Minister of Prussia. While during his late career he acquiesced to reactionary policies, earlier in his career he implemented a variety of Liberal reforms. To him and Baron vom Stein, Prussia was indebted for improvements in its army system, the abolition of serfdom and feudal burdens, the throwing open of the civil service to all classes, and the complete reform of the educational system.[1]

Karl August von Hardenberg
Prime Minister of Prussia
In office
April 14, 1804  1806
Preceded byCount Haugwitz
Succeeded byCount Haugwitz
In office
April  July, 1807
Preceded byKarl von Beyme
Succeeded byBaron Stein
In office
June 6, 1810  November 26, 1822
Preceded byCount Dohna-Schlobitten
Succeeded byOtto von Voß
2nd Interior Minister of Prussia
In office
Preceded byCount Dohna-Schlobitten
Succeeded byCount Schuckmann
Personal details
Karl August Fürst von Hardenberg

May 31, 1750
Essenrode Manor, Electorate of Hanover, Holy Roman Empire
DiedNovember 26, 1822 (aged 72)
Genoa, Kingdom of Sardinia
  • Christiane von Reventlow
  • (m. 1774-div. 1782)
  • Christian Ludwig von Hardenberg (father)
  • Anna Sophia Ehrengart von Bülow (mother)
Known forBeing a part of the Prussian Reform Movement

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