The imperial status (with a seat and vote in the Reichstag ) could also be conferred by the emperor on persons who did not dispose of any direct imperial territory; it could be (titular) imperial princes or (titular) imperial counts . The Imperial Knighthood also occasionally took on personalists in its various cantons.
The HR managers in the Reichstag had a personal (non-hereditary) a voting seat Often they were -. Than ordinary landowner also in the - land and district assemblies represented with a seat and a vote.
From the middle of the 17th century, the acquisition of imperial estate actually required possession of imperial territory, the consent of the relevant college and the consent of the emperor ( co-option and admission ). Nevertheless, the emperors occasionally appointed personalists in order to honor deserving personalities or to promote their partisans in the college; in order to meet the strict admission regulations, however, admission was usually made against "the promise of acquiring a territory immediately outside the empire and accepting a proper register of the imperial burdens". For example, in 1701 the President of the Imperial Court Council, Count Johann Josef Wilhelm von Wurmbrand-Stuppach (1670–1750) together with his brothers, or in 1763, the Imperial Vice Chancellor Rudolph Joseph von Colloredo , who was accepted as a newly elevated (titular) Imperial Prince as a personalist in the Swabian Imperial Counts College; only three years before the end of the old empire, in 1803, did he then acquire Nostitz's share in the county of Rieneck and thus achieve advancement into imperial immediacy.
- Entry via Personalist in www.adelsrecht.de