Herbert von Bismarck

Herbert von Bismarck

Birth
Berlin, Germany
Death 18 Sep 1904 (aged 54)
Friedrichsruh, Kreis Herzogtum Lauenburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Burial Friedrichsruh, Kreis Herzogtum Lauenburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Plot Private Lower Level
Memorial ID 170732788 · View Source
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Herbert von Bismarck born in Berlin, the oldest son of Otto von Bismarck and his wife Johanna, née von Puttkamer. He had an older sister, Marie (b. 1847), and a younger brother, Wilhelm (b. 1852). He fought in the Franco-Prussian War, sustaining a bullet wound through the left leg during a cavalry charge at the Battle of Mars-La-Tour. He joined the diplomatic service in 1874, on his father's wishes. He became Under-Secretary and acting head of the Foreign Office in 1885, and the following year he was appointed the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. He additionally was appointed Minister of State of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1888. He once said that 'My father is the only person who can handle this business.' He wanted to marry Princess Elisabeth von Carolath-Beuthen in 1881, but his father would not allow it, as she was a Catholic divorcee and she was ten years older than Herbert. The Chancellor pressured his son with tears, blackmail and threats to disinherit him by getting Kaiser Wilhelm I to change the primogeniture statutes. This experience left Herbert a very bitter and alcoholic man. He once shot five bullets through a Foreign Office window to be told he may have hit someone. He replied 'Officials have to be kept in a permanent state of irritation and alarm; the moment that ceases they stop working.' On 21 June 1892 in Vienna he married Countess Marguerite Hoyos, a member of the originally Spanish magnate family of Hoyos from Hungary, who herself was half-English and a granddaughter of Robert Whitehead, the inventor of the torpedo. They had five children:



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  • Created by: Bobby Kelley
  • Added: 30 Sep 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 170732788
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Herbert von Bismarck (28 Dec 1849–18 Sep 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 170732788, citing Bismarck Mausoleum zu Friedrichsruh, Friedrichsruh, Kreis Herzogtum Lauenburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany ; Maintained by Bobby Kelley (contributor 46959922) .