Wilhelm von Humboldt

Wilhelm von Humboldt

Death 1803 (aged 8–9)
Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
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Wilhelm was the son of the Prussian Minister to the Holy See, Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Carl Ferdinand von Humboldt and Caroline von Dacheröden.

"...the burial of the child Wilhelm von Humboldt took place at night. This was in accordance with the requirements of the Roman government; non-catholics were obliged to bury their dead at night. How this regulation originated is not altogether clear, but undoubtedly it was motivated in part by a wish to protect the non-catholics themselves from possible insult at the hands of a populace which was in great part ignorant and excitable, and which the papal police did not always hold in full control..."
Source: The Protestant Burial-ground in Rome: A Historical Sketch. Harry Nelson Gay, Sir James Rennell Rodd. Macmillan, London/New York.

(Wilhelm's father was)"Raised at Tegel Palace, the Humboldt family property, the Humboldt brothers register at the University of Frankfurt (Oder) in 1787. They move to Göttingen one year later. The two go their separate ways in 1790.

Wilhelm von Humboldt marries Caroline von Dacheröden, daughter of a Prussian councillor of the Supreme Court, in 1791.

Humboldt works on various periodicals and writes his aesthetic essays on Hermann und Dorothea. He creates Ideen zu einem Versuch, die Grenzen der Wirksamkeit des Staates zu bestimmen (Ideas for an attempt to determine the limits of state effectiveness).

In 1792, Humboldt moves to Paris, where he wishes to continue his studies and observe social development in France.

Humboldt represents Prussia at the Holy See in Rome between 1802 and 1808.

In February 1809, he is appointed head of the department of education and arts at the Home Office in Berlin. A newly structured education system intended to guarantee all social classes better access to education is developed during his term of office. However, Humboldt is not in Berlin to see the opening of the university in October 1810. He resigned his office the previous summer as a result of disagreements and moved to Vienna and later London as a Prussian envoy. He resigns from civil service in 1819.

Wilhelm von Humboldt subsequently devotes himself to his scientific studies in the quiet atmosphere of the family manor in Tegel until his death on April 8th 1835."
Source: Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin website.

Other source used: The Protestant Cemetery in Rome. Johan Beck-Friis. Allhems Forlag. Malmo, Sweden.



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