Otto von Oehlschläger

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Otto von Oehlschläger
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Otto von Oehlschläger
Secretary of Justice
In office
February 1889 – 1891
ChancellorOtto von Bismarck
Leo von Caprivi
Preceded byHermann von Schelling
Succeeded byRobert Bosse
President of the Reichsgericht
In office
February 1891 – 1 November 1903
Preceded byEduard von Simson
Succeeded byKarl Gutbrod
Personal details
Born(1831-05-16)16 May 1831
Blumenau-Heiligenwalde, East Prussia, Kingdom of Prussia
Died14 January 1904(1904-01-14) (aged 72)
Charlottenburg, German Empire
Spouse(s)Maria née Mellenthin (1840-1930)
ChildrenHans von Oehlschläger
Alma materUniversity of Königsberg

Otto Karl von Oehlschläger (16 May 1831 – 14 January 1904) was a German jurist and politician.


Oehlschläger was born Otto Oehlschläger in Gut Heiligenwalde (modern Święty Gaj, Poland), he was ennobled ("von Oehlschäger") in 1888.[1]

Oehlschläger studied law at the University of Königsberg, passed his final exam in 1858 and worked as a judge at Danzig (Gdańsk), Schwetz (Świecie) and Löbau (Lubawa). In 1864 he became a prosecutor at Marienwerder (modern Kwidzyn) and in Königsberg in 1870. In 1874 he was removed to the Prussian ministry of Justice in Berlin.[1]

Since 1879 he was the Prussian Army's "Generalauditeur", as such responsible for reforms of the military penal law. In 1883 he became a member of the Prussian House of Lords and legal advisor of the Prussian crown, in 1884 a member of the Prussian Staatsrat and President of Berlin's Kammergericht on 1 January 1885.[1]

In 1889 he became Secretary of State of the Reichsjustizamt and followed Eduard von Simson as President of the Reichsgericht in 1891. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1903.[1]

Oehlschläger died in Berlin in 1904.


  1. ^ a b c d Schubert, Werner (1978). Materialien zur Entstehungsgeschichte des BGB (in German). Walter de Gruyter. p. 104. ISBN 3-11-007496-6.