Carl Lewenhaupt

Count Carl Lewenhaupt (19 March 1835 – 10 December 1906) was a Swedish diplomat and politician, who was Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1889 to 1895.

Carl Lewenhaupt.

Early lifeEdit

Lewenhaupt was born on 19 March 1835 at Herrevad Abbey in Klippan Municipality, Sweden, the son of major, count Gustaf Adolf Lewenhaupt and his wife Maria (née von Geijer). He passed studentexamen in Lund in 1851 and devoted himself after passing kansliexamen in 1855 to the diplomatic service.


Lewenhaupt became attaché in Paris in 1858[1] after first been serving as temporary office clerk at the Ministry for Civil Service Affairs in 1856 and as valet de chambre in 1857.[2] He was acting second secretary at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1859 and permanent in 1861. Lewenhaupt became legation secretary in Saint Petersburg in 1863 and was appointed chamberlain the same year.[2] In 1866 Lewenhaupt was appointed head of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' political department and in 1870 of its trade and consular department. Lewenhaupt was appointed State Secretary for Foreign Affairs in 1873.[1]

In his position as envoy 1876-84 and acting consul general in Washington, D.C., he was accepted by the Spanish and United States governments as arbitrator in the dispute that arose between them because of the uprising in Cuba.[1] In 1884 Lewenhaupt was transferred as envoy to Paris, and on 12 October 1889, he was called to the Foreign Minister. During this critical time, because of the tense Union international relations, Lewenhaupt proved keenly interested in coming to both countries reasonable settlement of the Union national contentious issues and on his initiative the Swedish government commented on 14 January 1893 for the wish, that the Foreign Minister also could under certain conditions be Norwegian. This in its time very controversial »Swedish offer» aroused much discontent among the Swedes, who kept the maintenance of Sweden's preferential rights in the Union, and received from that quarter on 1 June 1895 the notification that Lewenhaupt, as Foreign Minister, had been succeeded by Count Ludvig Douglas with great satisfaction. Lewenhaupt was in late 1895 appointed Swedish Envoy and Minister in London, where he served until October 1902.[1] He took part in the ceremonial surrounding the death in early 1901 of Queen Victoria and the accession and coronation of her successor King Edward VII.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1874 he married Chief Court Mistress Edla Lovisa Carolina Augusta Wirsén (1851–1939), the daughter of major, count Carl Emil Wirsén and baroness Ebba Lovisa (née De Geer af Leufsta). He was the father of Gustaf Adolf (born 1875) and Erik Axel (born 1877–1914).


Lewenhaupt died on 10 December 1906 in Helsingborg and was buried at Donationskyrkogården in Helsingborg.[3]

Awards and decorationsEdit

Lewenhaupt's awards:[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Hofberg, Herman; Heurlin, Frithiof; Millqvist, Viktor; Rubenson, Olof (1906). Svenskt biografiskt handlexikon: alfabetiskt ordnade lefnadsteckningar af Sveriges namnkunniga män och kvinnor från reformationen till nuvarande tid (in Swedish) (Ny uppl. /grundligt genomsedd, omarbetad och till våra dagar framförd af Frithiof Heurlin ... ed.). Stockholm: Bonnier. p. 44. SELIBR 81312.
  2. ^ a b Hildebrand, Albin; Bergenstråhle, Edvard, eds. (1899). Svenskt porträttgalleri. 3, Konungens statsråd, Konungens högsta domstol, Kungl. Maj:ts kansli, Kungl. Maj:ts beskickningar till främmande makter samt svenska och norska aflönade generalkonsuler, konsuler och vice konsuler (in Swedish). Stockholm: Tullberg. p. 74.
  3. ^ "Lewenhaupt, Carl" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 9 November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  4. ^ "TAB 39". (in Swedish). Adelsvapen. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  5. ^ Anrep, Gabriel, ed. (1895). Sveriges ridderskaps och adels kalender för år 1896 (in Swedish) (20th ed.). Stockholm: Albert Bonnier. p. 563.

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Preceded by Envoy of Sweden to France
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Preceded by Envoy of Sweden to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
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