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Adolf Heinrich von Arnim-Boitzenburg
1st Prime Minister of Prussia
In office
19 March – 29 March 1848
Monarch Frederick William IV
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Gottfried Ludolf Camphausen
Personal details
Born 10 April 1803
Flag of Prussia Berlin, Prussia
Died January 8, 1868(1868-01-08) (aged 64)
Schloss Boitzenburg, Brandenburg, Prussia
Political party None

Adolf Heinrich Graf[1] Arnim-Boitzenburg (10 April 1803 – 8 January 1868) was a German statesman, and the first Prime Minister of Prussia.


He was born on 10 April 1803.

After finishing his studies, he joined the Prussian civil service and soon became Landrat in the Uckermark. In 1833 he became Regierungspräsident in the Regierungsbezirk Stralsund. He later assumed the same position in Aix-la-Chapelle and Merseburg. In 1840 he became President of the Province of Posen, and in 1842 Prussian Minister of the Interior. From 19 March 1848 to 29 March 1848 he was the Prussian Prime Minister.

From 18 May to 10 June 1848 he was a representative for Prenzlau in the Frankfurt Parliament. In 1850 he was a member of the Erfurt Union parliament, in 1854-1868 he belonged to various chambers of the Prussian Parliament and in 1839–1868 he belonged to the provincial parliament of Brandenburg.

Arnim is known to this day for his remarks as Prussian Interior Minister concerning Heinrich Heine's poem Die schlesischen Weber. In a report to King Frederick William IV he described it as "an address to the poor amongst the populace, held in an inflammatory tone and filled with criminal utterances" ("eine in aufrührerischem Ton gehaltene und mit verbrecherischen Äußerungen angefüllte Ansprache an die Armen im Volke"). Subsequently, the Royal Prussian Superior Court of Justice banned the poem, which led in 1846 led to a prison sentence for one person for reciting it.

He died on 8 January 1868.


  1. ^ Regarding personal names: Graf was a title, before 1919, but now is regarded as part of the surname. It is translated as Count. Before the August 1919 abolition of nobility as a separate estate, titles preceded the full name when given (Prinz Otto von Bismarck). After 1919, these titles, along with any nobiliary prefix (von, zu, etc.), could be used, but were regarded as part of the surname, and thus came after a first name (Otto Prinz von Bismarck). The feminine form is Gräfin.

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