Karl Wilhelm von Meister
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Life and work
Meister was born as the eldest son of Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Meister, one of the co-founders of Hoechst AG and his wife Marie née Becker. Meister went to school at the Lessing-Gymnasium in Frankfurt and later studied law at the University of Bonn and at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He earned a doctorate in law at Heidelberg University in 1886. From 1892 to 1894 he was district administrator of the newly created Hoechst District. 1895 he was nominated district administrator of the District of Obertaunus where he remained until 1903. After leaving this post he worked from 1902 until 1905 in Berlin and later from 1905 until 1919 as district president of Wiesbaden.
On 1 June 1919 Meister resigned after the French administrator demanded he subdued to the separatist government.