Ignaz von Rudhart

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Ignaz von Rudhart
Ιγνάτιος φον Ρούντχαρτ
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Ignaz von Rudhart.
Prime Minister of Greece
In office
February 14, 1837 – December 20, 1837
Preceded byGraf von Armansperg
Succeeded byOtto
Personal details
Born(1790-03-11)March 11, 1790
Weismain, Upper Franconia
DiedMay 11, 1838(1838-05-11) (aged 48)
Trieste, Austria-Hungary

Ignaz Ritter von Rudhart (11 March 1790, in Weismain, Upper Franconia – 11 May 1838) was a Bavarian scholar and public servant who was dispatched to Greece to serve as President of the Privy Council (Prime Minister) during the reign of King Otto.

Von Rudhart had received a doctorate of law from the University of Munich, had authored two books, one of them a statistical survey of the Bavarian Kingdom, which he served as a member of the Council of State, prior to his appointment as Prime Minister of Greece.

When he arrived in Athens in February, 1837, he was received suspiciously by the English legate Lyons (who had been a supporter of his predecessor, von Armansperg) and immediately found himself at also odds with the king over the role of the prime minister. King Otto was committed to an absolute monarchy and was resistant to a powerful chief minister. Von Rudhart had a series of clashes with king, and being disliked by Queen Amalia, his resignation was accepted by King Otto 10 months after he arrived in Greece. Otto served as his own President of the Privy Council until a constitution was forced on him during the September 3rd Revolution in 1843.


  • John A. Petropulos; Politics and Statecraft in the Kingdom of Greece; Princeton University Press, 1968
Political offices
Preceded by
Josef Ludwig von Armansperg
Prime Minister of Greece
February 14, 1837 – December 20, 1837
Succeeded by
Otto of Greece