Joseph Maria von Weichs

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Joseph Maria von Weichs

Joseph Maria Reichsfreiherr von Weichs on Steingriff (* February 21, 1756 in Deggendorf ; † December 18, 1819 in Munich ) was a German baron and high-ranking Bavarian administrative officer.

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He was the son of Joseph Ignaz Freiherrn von Weichs, born in Hungary, and his wife Josepha Gumppenberg von Pöttmes . The father officiated as electoral Bavarian chamberlain , real secret councilor , vice cathedral in Straubing and captain of Deggendorf.

Joseph Maria von Weichs completed a private law degree in Regensburg and was on October 16, 1776 by Elector Maximilian III. Joseph appointed chamberlain and councilor in Straubing. On July 5, 1787, he succeeded his deceased father in his offices, and on October 17, 1793, he was transferred to the higher regional government in Munich as Vice President. From January 12, 1796 to June 1, 1799, Baron von Weichs was also in charge of managing and coordinating the Munich police in this office . In 1799, Weichs was appointed Vice President of the newly founded General State Directorate, which was responsible for the administration of Upper and Lower Bavaria. After the first president of the General Directorate, Joseph August von Toerring, retired in 1801, Weichs took over the management of this authority, which was renamed the State Directorate for the Province of Baiern the following year . In 1803 he was appointed head of the so-called monastery dissolution commission, which examined the property of the secularized monasteries and incorporated them into the state.

After the state directorate was dissolved, he was General Commissioner of the newly formed Isar District from 1808 to 1810 , and then a member of the Privy Council until 1819 . In 1810, Weichs, as court commissioner, led the integration of the Principality of Regensburg into the Bavarian State Association.

Since 1784 the nobleman was married to Anna Freiin von Ingenheim . The couple had four children:

  • Therese (1787–1859), married Joseph von Armansperg in 1816
  • Clemens (1793–1838), director of the Bavarian Court Theater, later chief steward of Queen Amalie of Greece , married (1) Stephanie Enders († 1824), (2) 1825 Dorothea Enders († 1864)
  • Catharina (1795–?)
  • Maria Leopoldine (1800–1862), married a son of Charles Henry Hall in 1826



  • Franz Joseph Karl von Scheppler: Biography of Baron Joseph Maria von und zu Weichs , no year, approx. 1814 ( digital scan of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek; PDF document )
  • Alfred Thousand Pounds: Joseph Maria Reich Baron von Weichs. General commissioner of the Isarkkreis 1808–1810. In: The regional presidents of Upper Bavaria in the 19th and 20th centuries. Edited on behalf of the District President Werner-Hans Böhm by Stephan Deutinger, Karl-Ulrich Gelberg and Michael Stephan. Munich 2005, pp. 73-78.

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