Paul von Stetten

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Paul von Stetten the Elder J.

Paul von Stetten , called the Younger (* August 24, 1731 in Augsburg ; † February 11, 1808, ibid.), Was the last town clerk in Augsburg from 1792 to 1806 .


The Augsburg family of this name is not related to the Frankish nobility and imperial knight family von Stetten , but came from Frankfurt am Main, from where Hans von Stetten moved in 1426. The family joined the Reformation at an early stage and in 1538 was accepted by the council under the "genders" and thus into the ruling patriciate.

Paul von Stetten attended Anna-Gymnasium and received private lessons. He then studied at the University of Geneva and the University of Altdorf . He then returned to Augsburg, where he began to write a family history, which he published in 1766 under the name New Book of Honor or History of the Noble Family of the von Stetten . He wrote depictions of the noble families (1762) and the coat of arms of the patriciate (1763), as well as various literary portraits of famous Augsburgers, including Agnes Bernauer . But he also wrote novels and cantata texts and interacted with other artists. In 1779 and 1788, Stetten published the history of art, trade and handicrafts in the imperial city of Augsburg in two volumes , which has remained an important source to this day. He was also the holder of offices in various administrative branches in Augsburg and had been a councilor since 1770. From 1792 to 1806, Stetten was the last city keeper of the city of Augsburg. Trying to reform the constitution and finances of the imperial city of Augsburg in the spirit of the Enlightenment, he was able to implement them - with the exception of a comprehensive reform of the Protestant school system in Augsburg - due to various external conditions (rejection of political participation and representation of the simple citizens in the interior and in the Privy Council by the imperial authorities, resistance to some social reforms on the part of the Catholic town clerk and the Catholic camp, loss of the imperial freedom of Augsburg) but not enforced.


  • History of the noble families in the free imperial city of Augsburg . Augsburg 1762 ( e-copy ).
  • History of art, trade and handicrafts in the imperial city of Augsburg, written by Paul von Stetten the Younger. Augsburg 1779.
  • Art, trade and handicraft history of the imperial city of Augsburg. Second part or addendum, written by Paul von Stetten the younger. Augsburg 1788.
  • Description of the imperial city of Augsburg according to its location, current constitution, action and the arts and trades belonging to such as well as its other peculiarities. Along with the attached floor plan , Augsburg 1788


  • Anthony Durand , Médailles et Jetons des Numismates. Genève 1865 (there on page 193: "mort le 12 février 1808)
  • Günther Grünsteudel , Günter Hägele, Rudolf Frankenberger (eds.): Augsburger Stadtlexikon. 2nd Edition. Perlach, Augsburg 1998, ISBN 3-922769-28-4 , ( online )
  • Helmut Gier (Ed.): Paul von Stetten d. J. autobiography. The biography of the patrician and city clerk of the imperial city of Augsburg (1731–1808). 3 volumes (publications of the Swabian Research Association, series 6)

Web links

Wikisource: Paul von Stetten the Younger  - Sources and full texts

Individual evidence

  1. Helmut Gier: Paul von Stetten the Elder. J. autobiography. The biography of the patrician and city clerk of the imperial city of Augsburg (1731–1808). Volume 1: The records for the years 1731 to 1792 . In: Helmut Gier (Ed.): Publications of the Schwäbische Forschungsgemeinschaft, series 6 . Augsburg 2009.