Family tree of Otto VON BISMARCK

German and Austrian politician

GermanBorn Otto Eduard Leopold VON BISMARCK

German statesman, 1st Chancellor of the German Empire

Born on April 01, 1815 in Schönhausen, Prussia , Germany

Died on July 30, 1898 in Friedrichsruh, German Empire , Germany

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Bismarck was born in Schönhausen, a wealthy family estate situated west of Berlin in the Prussian Province of Saxony. His father, Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand von Bismarck (Schönhausen, 13 November 1771 – 22 November 1845), was a Junker estate owner and a former Prussian military officer; his mother, Wilhelmine Luise Mencken (Potsdam, 24 February 1789 – Berlin), the well-educated daughter of a senior government official in Berlin. The world saw Bismarck as a typical Prussian Junker — an image which he encouraged by wearing military uniforms. Bismarck was well educated and cosmopolitan, with a gift for conversation. He was fluent in English, French, Italian, Polish, and Russian.

Bismarck was educated at Johann Ernst Plamann's elementary school, and the Friedrich-Wilhelm and Graues Kloster secondary schools. From 1832 to 1833 he studied law at the University of Göttingen where he was a member of the Corps Hannovera before enrolling at the University of Berlin (1833–35).


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