1873 – Born on the 2nd of February in Wurttemberg, Germany.
1892 – He studied Law in Tubinqen and in Berlin.
1901 – He joined the Civil Service and worked for the Foreign Office in Berlin.
1903 – He was assigned to the Embassy in London as Vice-Consul.
1914 – He was sent to the embassy in Constantinople.
1916 – He served as an officer with an Infantry regiment.
1919 – He returned to diplomacy, being assigned to the embassy in Copenhagen as Minister.
1929 – He was considered for a post in the new Cabinet.
1932 – He was recalled to Germany and became Minister of Foreign Affairs.
1933 – He was involved in the German withdrawal from the League of Nations.
1937 – He was awarded a honorary rank of of Obergruppenfuhrer in the S.S. (Schutzstaffel).
1939 – He instituted German laws controlling the press and abolished political parties and trade unions.
1941 – He attempted to resign but it was not accepted .
1956 – He died on the 14th of August in Enzweihingen.