Ignaz von Rundhart

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Ignaz von Rundhart (1790-1838) was a Bavarian scholar and public servant who was dispatched to Greece to serve as President of the Privy Council (Prime Minister) during the reign of King Otto.

Von Rundhart had received a doctorate of law from the University of Munich, had authored two books, one of them a statistical survey of the Bavarian Kingdom, which he served as a member of the Council of State, prior to his appointment as Prime Minister of Greece.

When he arrived in Athens in February, 1837, he was received suspiciously by the English legate Lyons (who had been a supporter of his predecessor, von Armansperg) and immediately found himself at also odds with the king over the role of the prime minister. King Otto was committed to an absolute monarchy and was resistant to a powerful chief minister. Von Rundhart had a series of clashes with king, and being disliked by Queen Amalia, his resignation was accepted by King Otto 10 months after he arrived in Greece. Otto succeeded him, serving as his own President of the Privy Council.

Preceded by:
Josef Ludwig von Armansperg
Prime Minister of Greece
14 February 1837 - 20 December 1837
Succeeded by:
King Otto


John A. Petropulos; Politics and Statecraft in the Kingdom of Greece; Princeton University Press, 1968

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