Staegemann, Friedrich August von

POLITICIAN (GERMANY)
BORN 7 Nov 1763, Vierreden - DIED 17 Dec 1840, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Kirchhof Jerusalem und Neue Kirche III, Mehringdamm 21 (Halleschen Tor), Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (Abt. 4/1-10 (Ehrengrab))

Friedrich August von Staegemann lost his parents early in life and was raised in an orphanage in Berlin. He was educated at the Gymnasium zum Grauen Kloster and studied at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. From 1785 onwards he worked for the goverment in Königsberg. There he met Elisabeth Graun, who counted people like Kant and Reichardt among her acquaintances. After her divorce from her first husband he married her in 1796.

In 1806 he went to Berlin to start an engagement as the director of the Prussian Bank. After the defeat against Germany he met Napoleon who asked for financial contributions. In 1807 he followed the Royal family to East Prussia and in 1810 he returned to Berlin. In 1812-1813 he took part in the preparations of the liberation war against France and for this he was anobled.

Staegemann actively participated in the Stein-Hardenberg reforms in Prussia in 1815. He was strongly in favour of a constitution and he spoke for freedom of press and tolerance. In 1835 he became a honorary citizen of the city of Berlin.

Family
• Wife: Staegemann, Elisabeth von (1796-)

Sources
Friedrich August von Staegemann – Wikipedia

Images

The graves of Rudolf Löwenstein (left) and Marie von Olfers (right) at the Kirchhof Jerusalem und Neue Kirche III, Halleschen Tor, Kreuzberg, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (08 Apr 2003)

 


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Published: 29 May 2010
Last update: 29 May 2010