Today in History - February 4th. 1761 - Georg I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen

Georg Frederick Karl, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen was born on February 4th. 1761
in Frankfurt (now located in Germany).

George, Duke of Saxe- Meiningen - Source picture: Wikipedia

His parents had been Anton Ulrich, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and
Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Philippsthal.

1782 became an important year for Georg. Then he succeeded his older and
childless brother Karl Wilhelm as Duke of Saxe Meiningen.

On November 27th. 1782, Georg married Luise Eleonore of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
They would have 4 children.

He ruled his duchy based on the principles of 'Enlightened Absolutism' and he paid
attention to education. He founded a gymnasium, a library and reformed the
protestant Church.

George even published philosophical treatises under a nom-de-plume.

He died on December 24th. 1803 in Meiningen. 
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