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)1 August 1856
Died 20 October 1927(1927-10-20) (aged 71)
Nationality German

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


Knilling was born in 1856 in Munich. He 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, and returned to a civil service post.

Knilling died in Munich in 1927 at the age of 71.



  1. ^ Bosls bayerische Biographie publ. by Karl Bosl. - Regensburg : Pustet

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Political offices
Preceded by
Graf von Lerchenfeld-Köfering
Prime Minister of Bavaria
1922 – 1924
Succeeded by
Heinrich Held