Heinrich von Tschirschky

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Heinrich Leonhard von Tschirschky und Bögendorff

Heinrich Leonhard von Tschirschky und Bögendorff (15 July 1858 – 15 November 1916) was a German diplomat and politician, who served as Foreign Secretary and head of the Foreign Office from 24 January 1906 to 25 October 1907.

Early career[edit]

Born in Dresden, he was the son of Otto von Tschirschky und Bögendorff, the Director-General of the Royal Saxon State Railways, and a member of the Tschirschky noble family. He joined the German foreign service in 1883, and served from 1885 to 1886 as personal secretary to Herbert von Bismarck. He was subsequently stationed in Vienna, Athens, Berne, Constantinople and St. Petersburg, before he became Minister Resident in Luxembourg in 1900, Prussian Envoy to Mecklenburg and the Hanse city-states in 1902. He also accompanied Emperor William on travels as a representative of the Foreign Office.[1]

Foreign Secretary[edit]

On 17 January 1906, he was appointed Secretary of State, succeeding the late Oswald von Richthofen. He served until 7 October 1907, when he was succeeded by Wilhelm von Schoen.

Ambassador in Vienna[edit]

After his term as Foreign Secretary, he was appointed Ambassador to Vienna, and served until his death there in 1916.