Ernst zu Münster

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Ernst zu Münster, with his family.

Count Ernst Friedrich Herbert zu Münster (born March 1, 1766 Osnabrück - died May 20, 1839 Hanover) was a German statesman, politician and minister in the service of the House of Hanover.

Count Münster studied at Göttingen University together with the three youngest sons of King George III. He entered the public service in the Electorate of Hanover. One of his first tasks was to bring Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex and his company home from Italy. Later he was appointed minister for the affairs of Hanover in London (German Chancery) in 1805 following Lenthe. At the Congress of Vienna (1815) he had to care for the German assets of the House of Hanover which he successfully did. The electorate became the Kingdom of Hanover and gained territories at the North Sea, partially ruled earlier in personal union, such as the Duchies of Bremen-Verden and partially ruled by others, to wit East Frisia. However, the bulk of another duchy ruled before the Napoleonic Wars in personal union, Saxe-Lauenburg north of the river Elbe was assigned in personal union to Denmark. He stayed in office until 1831.

Münster was married to Wilhelmine Charlotte, Countess of Münster (1783–1858) and survived by his wife and son Georg Herbert Münster when he died in 1839.

Political offices
Preceded by
Ernst Ludwig Julius von Lenthe
Head of the German Chancery in London
1805 – 1831
Succeeded by
Ludwig Conrad Georg von Ompteda