This facsimile shows the last state document ever signed by Kaiser Wilhelm I. It was signed on March 8, 1888, and the Kaiser died the following day. The document authorized Bismarck to conclude the current legislative session of the Reichstag.

Kaiser Wilhelm I’s Last Official Signature (March 8, 1888)


Source: Authorization for the Reich Chancellor (Bismarck) to conclude the Reichstag session (March 5, 1888). This was the last signature that Kaiser Wilhelm I made before his death. Geheimes Staatsarchiv, Berlin.
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