Karl August Joseph Maria, Count of Donat Seinsheim (17 February 1784 in Munich – 26 November 1864 in Munich) was the Bavarian Finance Minister and President of the Bavarian Chamber of Deputies (German: Präsident der Bayerischen Abgeordnetenkammer).
Karl Graf von Seinsheim was the son of the statesman Maximilian Joseph Clemens Maria von Seinsheim (1751-1803) and his wife Maria Anna Freiin von Franckenstein (1754–1832). He was educated privately and then studied jurisprudence at the Universities of Landshut and Göttingen. He then accompanied Ludwig, Crown Prince of Bavaria on a trip to Italy. In 1806, he then held administrative posts in Bavaria's Directorate-General in Munich. He was a member of the government councils of the administrative districts of the Etschkreis(Trento) in 1808, Regenkreis(Straubing) in 1809, Salzachkreis(Salzburg) in 1810, and Isarkreis(Munich) in 1817. Between 1824 and 1832, he was 2. Director and from 1832 to 1840 President of the Government of the Isarkreis(from 1837 Upper Bavaria). In 1837, he became State Councilor and from 1840 to 1847 he was Minister of Finance. Since 1827, he was a member of the Bavarian Chamber of Deputies (German: der Bayerischen Abgeordnetenkammer), from which he retired 1846 after he served as its president from 1840 to 1843. In 1846, he became a lifelong member of the Imperial Council (German: Reichsrat). He retired as State Councilor on 25 February 1848.
Marriage and family
On 27 December 1808, Karl Graf von Seinsheim married Isabella Gräfin von Lodron-Laterano (1787-1816), with whom he had two sons and two daughters.
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