Charles-Frédéric Reinhard

Karl Friedrich Reinhard, French Frédéric Charles, comte Reinhard, ( born October 2, 1761 Schorndorf, Wuerttemberg, † December 25, 1837 in Paris) was a French diplomat, statesman and writer of German origin. Talleyrand called him "The Gift of Tübingen in France."


Reinhard attended from 1774 to 1778 the Protestant convent schools in Denkendorf and Maulbronn, then studied in Tübingen theology and philology, 1787 educator has been in a trading house in Bordeaux, received in 1791 in Paris by Sieyès a secretary position in the State Department and went in 1792 as the first secretary of legation to London and 1793 to Naples.

Under the reign of terror, he held the post of division chiefs in the State Department, in 1795 the French ambassador to the Hanseatic cities, 1798 in Florence. In 1799 he was Minister of Foreign Affairs a few months, then ambassador in Switzerland, 1801 in Milan, but was restored in 1802 in Hamburg and finally in 1805 the French Consul-General and Resident at Jassy, where he was arrested during the invasion of the Russians in 1806 with his family, on the orders of Tsar Alexander was released.

After returning to France, he lived on his estate Falkenlust on the Rhine, to him Napoleon I. in 1808 appointed ambassador to the court of Kassel, Westphalia. After the first restoration he was office director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Council, of Louis XVIII. 1815 appointed Earl and after the second restoration envoy to the Bundestag of the German Confederation in Frankfurt am Main. In 1829 he was retired, but he was after the July Revolution to 1832 again ambassador at the court of Saxony, and in 1832 appointed Pair and naturalized as a Frenchman.

He died on 25 December 1837 in Paris and was buried in the Montmartre Cemetery. His " correspondence with Goethe " appeared in 1850 in Stuttgart.