Karl Heinrich von Boetticher

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Karl Heinrich von Boetticher
Karl Heinrich von Boetticher in 1880.
Secretary of the Interior of German Empire
In office
September 1880 – 1 July 1897
Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1871–1890)
Leo von Caprivi (1890–1894)
Chlodwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst (1894–1900)
Preceded by Karl Hofmann
Succeeded by Arthur von Posadowsky-Wehner
Personal details
Born (1833-01-06)6 January 1833
Stettin, Pomerania, Prussia
Died 6 March 1907(1907-03-06) (aged 74)
Naumburg, Province of Saxony, Prussia
Nationality German
Political party Free Conservative Party
Alma mater University of Würzburg
University of Berlin
Occupation Lawyer

Karl Heinrich von Boetticher (6 January 1833 – 6 March 1907) was a German conservative politician and statesman. He served as Secretary of the Interior (1880–1897), and Vice Chancellor of Germany (1881–1897).


Born in Stettin in Pomerania, the son of a judge, Boetticher studied law in the University of Würzburg and the University of Berlin. He was governor of Schleswig in 1876. In 1878 he became a member of the Reichstag for the Free Conservative Party. In 1879, he was lieutenant general of the province of Schleswig-Holstein. In 1880 he succeeded Karl von Hofmann as Secretary of the Interior of the German Empire. In 1881, he also became vice chancellor in Bismarck's cabinet. He held both positions until 1897.

As the representative of Chancellor Bismarck, Boetticher introduced numerous social reforms, and the enactment of the invalid and old-age insurance laws in 1889 was due principally to his energy and executive ability.



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Political offices
Preceded by
Otto zu Stolberg-Wernigerode
Vice Chancellor of Germany
Succeeded by
Arthur von Posadowsky-Wehner