Arthur von Posadowsky-Wehner

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Arthur von Posadowsky-Wehner
Posadowsky-Wehner, photographed by Nicola Perscheid before 1930.
Secretary for the Treasury of German Empire
In office
1 September 1893 – 1 July 1897
Chancellor Leo von Caprivi (1890–1894)
Chlodwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst (1894–1900)
Preceded by Helmuth von Maltzahn
Succeeded by Max Franz Guido von Thielmann
Secretary of the Interior of German Empire
In office
1 July 1897 – 24 June 1907
Chancellor Chlodwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst (1894–1900)
Bernhard von Bülow (1900–1909)
Preceded by Karl Heinrich von Boetticher
Succeeded by Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg
Personal details
Born (1845-06-03)3 June 1845
Gross-Glogau, Province of Silesia, Prussia
Died 23 October 1932(1932-10-23) (aged 87)
Naumburg, Province of Saxony, Prussia
Nationality German
Political party German National People's Party
Spouse(s) Elise Moeller
Children 4
Alma mater University of Berlin
University of Heidelberg
University of Breslau
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Lutheran

Arthur Adolf, Count of Posadowsky-Wehner, Baron of Postelwitz (German: Arthur Graf von Posadowsky-Wehner Freiherr von Postelwitz, 3 June 1845 – 23 October 1932) was a German conservative politician and statesman. He served as Secretary for the Treasury (1893–1897), Secretary of the Interior, Vice Chancellor of Germany and Prussian Minister of State (1897–1907).

Born to Silesian nobility, the son of a judge, Posadowsky-Wehner studied law in Berlin, Heidelberg and Breslau and earned a doctorate in law in 1867. He subsequently acquired an agricultural property, and entered politics in 1871, when he became a member of the province government in Posen. In 1882 he became a member of the Parliament of Prussia, and was appointed Landeshauptmann of Posen in 1885.

Posadowsky-Wehner was the candidate of the German National People's Party for the Presidency of Germany in 1919, but he lost to Friedrich Ebert.



  • Über die Altersversorgung der Arbeiter (1883)
  • Geschichte des schlesischen adligen Geschlechtes der Grafen Posadowsky-Wehner, Freiherren von Postelwitz (1891)
  • Luxus und Sparsamkeit (1909)
  • Die Wohnungsfrage als Kulturproblem (1910)
  • Volk und Regierung im neuen Reich (1932)


  1. "Germany" The Times (London). Monday, 29 January 1900. (36051), p. 6.
  2. "The German Emperor´s birthday" The Times (London). Tuesday, 28 January 1902. (36676), p. 3.
Political offices
Preceded by
Karl Heinrich von Boetticher
Vice Chancellor of Germany
Succeeded by
Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg