Georg Phillips (legal historian)

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Georg Phillips, lithograph by Adolf Dauthage , 1859

Georg Phillips (born January 6, 1804 in Königsberg , † September 6, 1872 in Aigen (Salzburg) ; also George Phillips ) was a legal historian and canon lawyer .


He was born the son of the English businessman James Phillips and his wife Eleonore. In 1822 he began studying law in Berlin , which he continued at the University of Göttingen , where he also received his doctorate . After studying in Great Britain , Phillips completed his habilitation on German law in Berlin. In 1827 he was appointed associate professor in Berlin. In 1828 he joined his wife Charlotte (born Housselle; † 1865) to the Catholic faith.

In 1833 he moved to Munich as Ministerialrat . There he accepted a professorship in history the following year and a little later became a full professor of law. In 1838 he was one of the co-founders and owners of the historical-political papers for Catholic Germany . In connection with the Lola Montez affair , however, he was removed from his position as professor. From May 18, 1848 to May 7, 1849, he was a non-attached member of the Catholic Club , a member of the Frankfurt National Assembly for the 8th Lower Bavarian constituency in Deggendorf . In 1849 he became a foreign member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences . In 1850 he was offered an appointment at the University of Innsbruck . In 1851 Phillips moved to a chair in the law faculty of the University of Vienna . After the death of his wife, he married his housekeeper Veronica Dirr in Vienna in 1868 . This marriage also remained childless.

In 1894, Phillipsgasse in Vienna- Penzing (14th district) was named after him.

His brother was the Prussian politician Adolph Phillips the Elder .


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