Anna Barbara von Stetten

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Anna Barbara von Stetten (born September 23, 1754 in Augsburg ; † February 19, 1805 there ) was a benefactor and founder of the bourgeois daughter's school. This school in Augsburg gave Protestant women access to higher education for the first time .


Memorial plaque on the grave of Anna Barbara von Stetten

Anna Barbara was born as of Amman . Johann Adolf von Amman and his wife Sybilla Marianne, born in von Welser , were their parents. The father was a poor man in the tax administration and a councilor for the city of Augsburg. The family belonged to the long-established families of the Protestant patriciate of Augsburg. She was one of the " Swedish sexes ". In 1632 they were raised to the nobility by Gustav II Adolf of Sweden .

At the age of 20, in 1774, Anna Barbara married the then 51-year-old lawyer Johann Ferdinand von Stetten. Her husband died on May 4, 1777. She inherited one of the city's greatest fortunes. Until her death, she lived in seclusion as a widow in her house on Augsburger Annaplatz, today's Martin-Luther-Platz .

She used her inherited fortune primarily for the schooling of Protestant girls.

Her most important foundation was the establishment of a girls' school (today's Anna Barbara von Stettensche Institute ) and an “educational and pension institution”. For this purpose, it provided 90,000 guilders and real estate.

Von Stetten died childless. Her grave is in the Protestant cemetery in Augsburg.


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