Helmuth von Maltzahn

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Helmuth Ludwig Wilhelm Freiherr von Maltzahn (6 January 1840 – 11 February 1923) was a German finance minister and a representative in the Reichstag.

Maltzahn was born in Gültz in the Prussian Province of Pomerania. After finishing school he studied law in Erlangen, Heidelberg, and Berlin.[1] He began his career as an assessor, but in 1867 he decided to dedicate himself to the administration of his own estate. In the years 1868 to 1872 he built Schloss Gültz, a manor house in the classical style.

Maltzahn participated in the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71) as a cavalry officer. In 1871 he became a member of the Reichstag for the constituency of Anklam-Demmin,[1] and was made chairman of the household committee. In 1875, he received the title Freiherr. From 1888 to 1893, he was Finance Minister of the German Empire. In 1900 he took over the task of Oberpräsident of Pomerania in Stettin (Szczecin) and held this office until 1911.


Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron). In Germany since 1919, it forms part of family names. The feminine forms are Freifrau and Freiin.


  1. ^ a b Neidhardt Krauß, Egon Fischer: Unterwegs zu Burgen, Schlössern und Parkanlagen in Vorpommern. Hinstorff Verlag Rostock 1991, ISBN 3-356-00391-7, p. 98


  • Schwabe, Klaus, ed. (1985). Die preußischen Oberpräsidenten 1815–1945. Boppard am Rhein: Boldt. ISBN 3764618574. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Karl Rudolf Jacobi
Finance Minister of Germany
Succeeded by
Arthur von Posadowsky-Wehner