Ernst von Pfuel

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Ernst Heinrich Adolf von Pfuel
Ernst von Pfuel
Born(1779-11-03)3 November 1779
Jahnsfelde, Prussia (present-day Müncheberg, Germany)
Died3 December 1866(1866-12-03) (aged 87)
Berlin, Prussia (present-day Berlin, Germany)
AllegianceKingdom of Prussia Prussia
Service/branchPrussian Army
Other workPrussian Minister of War
Prime Minister of Prussia

Ernst Heinrich Adolf von Pfuel (3 November 1779 – 3 December 1866) was a Prussian general, as well as Prussian Minister of War and later Prime Minister of Prussia.

Pfuel was born in Jahnsfelde, Prussia (present-day Müncheberg, Germany). He served as commander of Cologne and the Prussian sector of Paris from 1814-15 during the Napoleonic Wars. Pfuel later served as Governor of Berlin and Governor of the Prussian Canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.[citation needed]

Pfuel replaced Karl Wilhelm von Willisen as the Royal Special Commissioner of King Frederick William IV of Prussia during the Greater Poland Uprising (1848).[1] He was a member of the Prussian National Assembly of 1848 and later that year, served as Prussian Minister of War from 7 September to 2 November, as well as Prime Minister of Prussia.

Pfuel was a close friend of Heinrich von Kleist. He was also an innovator of the breaststroke swimming technique, and the founder of the world's first military swimming-school, in 1810 in Prague. From 1816 he was a member of the Gesetzlose Gesellschaft zu Berlin. He died in Berlin.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Alvis, Robert E. Syracuse University Press, 2005 (ed.). Religion and the Rise of Nationalism - A Profile of an East European City. p. 164.