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Table of military, civil and court positions and ranks of the Kingdom of Württemberg
instituted on October 18, 1821

Table of ranks being a formal list of positions in government, military and court of the Kingdom of Württemberg divided into 10 grades (Stufen) precisely regulated the seniority within officer corps and officials and offered strict sequence for promotion in rank in the middle of XIX century. Lists of ranks in each grade are supplemented in this material with later additions that were introduced in 1821-1841 (where applicable).

All the ranks are listed in source language in order to avoid inevitable distortion by clumsy translation.

I Grade (Erste Stufe)

- Departaments-Minister

- Generale der Infanterie und der Kavallerie

- Kanzler der Königlichen Orden

- Oberst-Hofmeister und Oberst-Kamerherr des Königs

- Staats-Minister

- Minister holding a post of a head of Privy Council Presidium provided he met all the requirements applicable to I Grade officials.

II Grade (Zweite Stufe)

- Geheime Räthe

- General-Lieutenants

- Higher court officials not present in I Grade list

- Staats-Sekretär

Note: Form of address to Grade II officials: “Excellenz”

III Grade (Dritte Stufe)

- General-Majors

- Katholischer Landesbischof

- Präsidenten der Landes-Collegien

- Staats-Räthe

IV Grade (Vierte Stufe)

- Direktoren bei den Landes-Collegien

- General-Superintendenten (Prälaten)

- Kamerherren

- Katholischer Domdechant

- Katholisher General-Vikar

- Obersten

The following ranks were subsequently rated as those of IV Grade:

Erb-Kämmerer – according to Announcement (Bekanntmachung) dated April 04, 1826; 

Erb-Marschall – according to Announcement dated May 23, 1828.

Note: Those conferred IV Grade were given privilege of personal nobility and admission to the court. As for knights of the Order of the Württemberg Crown (Orden der Württembergischen Krone) and Military Merit Order (Militärverdienstorden), including military personnel, privilege of personal nobility as well as admission to the court were still regulated by corresponding directions and orders.

V Grade (Fünfte Stufe)

- Kanzlei-Direktor des Geheimen-Raths

- Officials of Royal ministries on the staff of the following Councils: Geheimen Legations-Räthe; Ober-Regierungs-Räthe; Ober-Finanzräthe.

- Oberst-Lieutenants

- Räthe des Ober-Tribunals

- Der jeweilige Rektor und der Kanzler der Landes-Universität

VI Grade (Sechste Stufe)

- Geheime Hofräthe

- Kanzlei-Direktoren bei den Königlichen Ministerien und dem Ober-Tribunal

- Katholische Dom-Kapitularen

- Majors

- Ordentliche Professoren der Landes-Universität

- Holders of Councilor ranks of Royal ministries and Land-Collegia (Landes-Collegien) not listed above

- Rektoren der Landes-Gymnasien

- Vorsteher der evangelischen und katolischen geistlichen Bildungs-Anstalten  

The following ranks were subsequently rated as those of VI Grade:

Former Oberforstmeister – according to Announcement dated May 06, 1823; 

Geheimen Archivarien (renamed Archiv-Räthe) – according to Announcement dated March 01, 1826.

Land-Oberstallmeister – according to Announcement dated March 21, 1839; 

Note: In compliance with Addition to Württemberg legislation (Justiz-Novelle), Clause I dated September 15, 1822, all the above-mentioned ranks right up to those of VI Grade were exempt from prosecution.

VII Grade (Siebente Stufe)

- Archivare

- Assessoren der Landes-Collegien

- Außervordentliche Professoren der Landes-Universität

- Dekane

- Geheimen Raths-Expeditoren

- Hofärzte

- Hofräthe

- Hütten-Amts-Verwalter

- Kameral-Verwalter

- Kanzlei-Direktoren bei den nicht zuvor benannten Landes-Collegien

- Kanzleiräthe

- Kreis-, Medizinal- und Kreis-Bauräthe

- Oberamtmänner

- Oberamtsrichter

- Oberförster

- Professoren der in der fechsten Stufe genannten Landes-Gymnasien und geistlichen Bildungs-Anstalten

- Rittmeister und Hauptleute

- Salinen-Direktoren

- Stallmeister

The following ranks were subsequently rated as those of VII Grade:

Former Provinzial-Justiz-Räthe – according to Announcement dated November 14, 1821; 

Gewehrfabrik-Verwalter zu Oberndorf – according to Announcement dated August 27, 1824; 

Universitäts-Amtmann – according to Announcement dated April 27, 1831; 

Ordentlichen Besitzer der israelitischen Ober-Kirchenbehörde (Ober-Kirchen-Vorsteher) – according to Announcement dated March 08, 1838; 

Vorstände der öffentlichen Schullehrer-Seminare – according to Announcement dated September 16, 1841. 

VIII Grade (Achte Stufe)

- Expeditoren bei den Königlichen Ministerien und Landes-Collegien

- Hof-Stabs-Sekretärs

- Legation-Sekretärs

- Lieutenants

- Oberamtsärzte

- Oberpostmeister

- Ober-Tribunals- und Ober-Justiz-Prokuratoren

- Pfarrer und Helfer (in accordance with Edict (Normal-Erlaß) dated November 03, 1826 that regulated equivalence of ranks of Protestant and Catholic clergy).

- Professoren, not listed above.

The following ranks were subsequently rated as those of VIII Grade:

Maschinen-Baumeister bei den Hüttenwerken und Salinen – according to Announcement dated September 05, 1822; 

Rabbinen – according to Announcement dated June 20, 1836; 

Topographen bei dem statistisch-topographischen Büreau – according to Announcement dated May 13, 1840; 

Hauptlehrer an den öffentlichen Schullehrer-Seminarien with higher educational qualification – according to Announcement dated September 16, 1841. 

IX Grade (Neunte Stufe)

- Bau-, Salinen- und Weg-Inspektoren

- Geheime und Ministerial-Kanzlisten

- Gerichts-Rotare

- Gestüts-Verwalter

- Höhere Hof-Offizianten

- Holz-Verwalter

- Oberamtsgerichts-Aktuare

- Ober-Zoll- und Accise-Verwalter*

- Öffentliche Rechts-Anwälte

- Präzeptoren

- Unteramts-Ärzte

The following ranks were subsequently rated as those of IX Grade:

Salz- (Natural-) Verwalter, die Salinen- und Hütten-Cassiere – according to Announcement dated September 05, 1822; 

Reallehrer – according to Resolution (Verfügung) dated November 13, 1822; 

Salinen-Inspektor von Wilhelmshall und der Bergwerks-Inspektor von dem Steinsalzwerk Wilhelmsglück – according to Announcement dated December 18, 1839; 

* Correspondence of ranks for officials of Customs Office (Zollwesen) was regulated by the Royal Order dated February 22, 1834, Clause 5. The rank of Ober-Accise-Verwalter was abolished in accordance with the Royal Order dated August 28, 1823.

X Grade (Zehente Stufe)

- Förster

- Kanzellisten

- Postmeister

The rank of Kohlmeister für die Eisenwerke was subsequently rated as that of X Grade according to Announcement dated September 05, 1822. 

Signed by:

Wilhelm, King of Württemberg;

Schmidlin, Provisional head of the Department of the Interior (Der provisorische Chef des Departements des Innern Christoph Friedrich von Schmidlin, 25.08.1780-28.12.1830);

At Royal command, Vellnagel, Secretary of State (Der Staats-Sekretär Christian Ludwig August Freiherr von Vellnagel, 30.06.1764-24.06.1853).

Stuttgart, October 18, 1821