Conrad Daniel von Blücher-Altona
The son of Karl von Blücher, a biological cousin of the "Marshal Vorwärts" Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher from the Mecklenburg noble family Blücher and chief of the Oldenburg regiment of the Danish army , and his wife Henriette Sophie von Plessen -Herzberg studied at the Landkadettenakademie (Landkadetakademiet) in Copenhagen and later became court marshal at the Danish royal court. In 1802 he was appointed bailiff in Aabenraa and in 1808 he was appointed chief president of Altona and thus the highest administrative officer of the then Danish city. In Altona in 1813 he became a member of the Masonic lodge "Carl zum Felsen".
During the siege of Hamburg in 1813/1814 he saved Altona from being destroyed by the French and took in the evicted Hamburg residents. During the Great Fire of 1842, he organized help for Hamburg and was granted honorary citizenship in return . Since November 7, 1838 he was already a knight of the Danish Elephant Order .
He was married to Manone d'Abbestée (* October 24, 1770, † December 8, 1852) since May 1, 1794. They had two children:
- Fanny Sophie (born September 26, 1797 - † June 30, 1835)
- Gustav Carl Frederik (December 15, 1798 - March 25, 1864)
The Hamburg sculptor Franz Schiller created the design for his monument. It was made by the Howaldt foundry and erected in 1852 on the Palmaille at the confluence of the Quäkerberg . The base bore the inscription that could already be read on the medallion, which the city of Altona had stamped "its protector" in 1814:
So smart in council
As bold indeed,
And a knight.
The gazebo assessed the monument in 1857 in a way that can hardly be understood today:
- “Only one sight created by the hand of a hamburger is the Altonaer ready to hand over to his neighbor at any moment: the statue erected in the grandiose Palmaille [...] of the high-ranking President, Count v. Blucher. And indeed, every human soul can only look at this figure of the worthy old man with fear and heartfelt pity, since it seems to be about to fall backwards from its pedestal into the dirt of the street. How many mockery the people of Altona have to endure because of this unfortunate statue! However, one thing gives them some consolation: that the people of Hamburg do not dare to join in the mockery, for it is one of their own who has committed this misdeeds cast in ore. "
The statue made of cast zinc with copper coating was replaced in 1905 by a copper electroplating. Dismantled in the Second World War, it was given its current location in 1952 in the green area west of the Altona town hall (Betty-Levi-Passage).
- Hans-Werner Engels : Blücher-Altona, Conrad Daniel von . In: Franklin Kopitzsch, Dirk Brietzke (Hrsg.): Hamburgische Biographie . tape 3 . Wallstein, Göttingen 2006, ISBN 3-8353-0081-4 , p. 49-50 .
- Karl Jansen: Blücher-Altona, Konrad Graf von . In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Volume 2, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1875, p. 733.
|SURNAME||Blücher-Altona, Conrad Daniel von|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Blücher-Altona, Conrad Daniel Graf von|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||President of Altona|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 29, 1764|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Penzlin|
|DATE OF DEATH||August 1, 1845|
|Place of death||Altona|