Eugen von Knilling

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Eugen von Knilling
Minister President of Bavaria
In office
Preceded by Graf von Lerchenfeld-Köfering
Succeeded by Heinrich Held
Personal details
Born (1856-08-01)August 1, 1856
Died October 20, 1927(1927-10-20) (aged 71)
Nationality German

Eugen Ritter von Knilling (1 August 1856 in Munich – 20 October 1927 in Munich)[1] was the Prime Minister of Bavaria from 1922 to 1924.


Knilling had originally studied law at the university of Munich. From 1912 to 1918 he served as the minister for education in the government of the Kingdom of Bavaria. From 1920 to 1922, he was a member of the Bavarian parliament for the BVP. He became prime minister of Bavaria in 1922.

In September 1923, following a period of turmoil, Knilling declared martial law appointing Gustav von Kahr as State Commissar with almost dictatorial powers. He was taken prisoner by Rudolf Hess during the Beer Hall putsch of 1923. In 1924 he resigned, exasperated with politics. He returned to a civil service post.

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  1. ^ Bosls bayerische Biographie publ. by Karl Bosl. - Regensburg : Pustet
Political offices
Preceded by
Graf von Lerchenfeld-Köfering
Prime Minister of Bavaria
1922 – 1924
Succeeded by
Heinrich Held