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Georg Michaelis
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6th Chancellor of the German Empire
In office
14 July 1917 – 31 October 1917
Monarch William II
Preceded by Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg
Succeeded by Georg von Hertling
Personal details
Born (1857-09-08)September 8, 1857
Died July 24, 1936(1936-07-24)
Political party None

Georg Michaelis (8 September 1857 – 24 July 24 1936) became the first Chancellor of Germany with a non-noble background.

Early life

Michaelis was born at Haynau in Silesia. He studied law in Breslau, Leipzig and Wurzburg. He graduated from Göttingen University in 1884.


He was invited by the Japanese government to teach at the German school of law in Tokyo from 1885 to 1889.

When he returned to Germany, he joined the civil service. The Emperor appointed him Reich Chancellor (Reichskanzler) from July to November 1917.

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