Ernst Heinrich Adolf von Pfuel
(03.11.1779 - 03.12.1866)
place of birth: Jahnsfelde bei Müncheberg, Brandenburg
Imperial Prussian General der
Infanterie Ernst von Pfuel simultaneously served as Prussia's War Minister and
Chancellor (Ministerpräsident). Young Ernst was brought up in the
household of Generalmajor Ludwig von Pfuel and his spouse Sophie Kranz.
Ludwig had served as Friedrich Wilhelm von Preußen's court marshal.
Ernst von Pfuel was married to Karoline von Byern for 22 years before a
marital indescretion on his part forced her to dissolve the marriage.
The Pfuel's had one daughter and five sons. He later married his
mistress Emilie Wahlert von Alvensleben.
Von Pfuel's military career began when his parent's sent him to the Kadettenanstalt
in Berlin at the age of 13. As an officer he helped do battle
against Napoleon I. at Jena-Auerstedt and was part of the
military force which pushed Napoleon out of Russia. In 1815, he acted as
commandant of the Prussian Sector of Paris and was largely responsible
for having the Quadriga returned to Berlin. Pfuel was dispatched
to Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1831 to help suppress an attempted revolt.
He remained there as Governor until March 1848, when he was named
Governor of Berlin. It was during this time-frame that von Pfuel
simultaneously replaced Roth von Schreckenstein as Prussian Chancellor
and Rudolf Auerswald as War Minister. He held these posts for only five
weeks. Von Pfuel is also renowned for having introduced swimming
instruction as part of the Prussian soldier's training regime. He died
in Berlin on 3 December 1866.
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