Delbrück, Rudolf von

Delbrück, Rudolf von

(ro͞o`dôlf fən dĕl`brük), 1817–1903, German statesman. He served (1857–76) under BismarckBismarck, Otto von
, 1815–98, German statesman, known as the Iron Chancellor. Early Life and Career

Born of an old Brandenburg Junker family, he studied at Göttingen and Berlin, and after holding minor judicial and administrative offices he was elected
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 as president of the chancellery of the North German Confederation (1866–71) and, after 1871, of the German Empire. A protagonist of free trade and liberal economics, he opposed Bismarck's adoption of a protectionist policy in the 1870s and resigned in 1876.
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