Josef Ritter von Schmitt
|14th President of Upper Franconia|
|Preceded by||Theodor von Muncker|
|Succeeded by||Alexander von Feilitzsch|
|Regional Court President of Bamberg|
|Privy Councilor of Bavaria|
4 March 1838
Bamberg, Bavaria, German Empire
|Died||16 April 1907 (aged 69)|
Bamberg, Bavaria, German Empire
(m. after 1865)
von Schmitt also served as the President of the Court for the Kingdom of Bavaria, as well as the primary advisor to Prince Luitpold of Bavaria; in later life becoming a privy councilor and an honorary citizen of the city of Bamberg. von Schmitt was also an avid businessman, holding positions on multiple large Conglomerates. Josef's brother, Gottfried Ritter von Schmitt, was President of the Bavarian Supreme Court.
Schmitt studied law at university and gained his PhD to become a doctor of law (Dr. jur). In his early life, Schmitt acted as a prosecutor and judge in his home town of Bamberg. He became a Bavarian Privy Councillor
From 1870, Schmitt held the prestigious title of a Royal Lawyer of Bamberg, working directly with the crown of Bavaria. The profession of lawyer was at that time a state-assigned department. From 1884 to 1905 he was Regional Court President in Bamberg.
Schmitt was also, notably, an extremely successful businessman. In Gründerzeit, he was involved in numerous start-ups. He was on the board of Dresdner Bank, Bankhaus Gebrüder Arnhold. From 1898 until his death he served as chairman of the board of the Schweinfurt ball producer " Fries & Höpflinger A.G" which later merged to become the conglomerate SKF, and Schmitt contributed decisively to the boom of the company.
Schmitt also performed a number of honorary functions, these included being chairman of the Community Plenipotentiary Collegium and president of the district administrators in Bamberg.
In 1896 Prince Regent Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria awarded him the Ritterkreuz of Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown. With the award of the title and he was entered into German nobility with the title of Dr. Josef Ritter von Schmitt; Ritter is a hereditary title roughly equivalent to the British Baronet.
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Ritter is a German title that equates to the level of nobility of a Baronet, and uses the prefix 'sir'
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