Karl von Schmid (politician, 1827)

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Karl von Schmid (born September 15, 1827 in Böttstein ; † December 12, 1889 in Baden ; resident in Altdorf and Böttstein) was a Catholic-conservative Swiss politician and judge . From 1863 to 1864 he represented the canton of Aargau in the Council of States , from 1866 to 1887 he was a member of the National Council .


Von Schmid grew up at Böttstein Castle , which his family, originally from the canton of Uri , had acquired in 1674. After visiting the Jesuit College in Friborg , he decided to continue studying with his friend Gustav Arnold at the Universities of Leuven (Belgium) . There he took the subjects philosophy, law and political science. He then went on to study in Freiburg im Breisgau . In 1854 he took over the castle from his late father. In 1862 von Schmid was elected to the Grand Council and also took over the office of district judge in Zurzach . From 1880 he worked as a substitute judge at the Federal Supreme Court , and in 1884/85 he served as Vice-President of the Aargau Constitutional Council.

In 1863 the Grand Council delegated von Schmid to the Council of States , to which he belonged for a year. In the parliamentary elections in 1866 he was elected to the National Council, to which he was a member until 1887. In parliament and in the press he consistently represented the position of the Catholic minority. During the Kulturkampf , he turned in vain against the impeachment of Bishop Eugène Lachat . His campaign against the final abolition of the Gnadenthal and Hermetschwil convents was also unsuccessful. He granted like-minded people like Carl Caspar von Droste zu Hülshoff asylum in his castle.


  • Biographical Lexicon of the Canton of Aargau 1803–1957 . In: Historical Society of the Canton of Aargau (Ed.): Argovia . tape 68/69 . Verlag Sauerländer, Aarau 1958, p. 676 .

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