Today in History - January 29th. 1844, Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Ernst Anton Karl Ludwig was born on January 2nd. 1784 in Coburg (Germany).

Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
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His parents were Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Saalfeld and Countess
Augusta of Reuss-Ebersdorf (see my today in history of January 19th.)
on this link

His younger brother, Leopold, became the first king of Belgium.

In 1817 he married Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. 

Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
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They had 2 children:

- Ernst (in English Ernest) II
- Albert. He married Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.

Ernst I divorced from Princess Louise in 1826. In 1832 Ernst married for
the second time. He chose his niece Duchess Marie of Württemberg.
They had no children.

Marie of Württemberg
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Ernst I died on January 29th. 1844 in Gotha. 
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