Today in History / OnThisDay - August 27th. 1789 - Birth of Joseph, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg

Joseph Georg Friedrich Ernst Karl was born on August 27th. 1789
as a son of Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen
(from 1826 Frederick became Duke of Saxe-Altenburg) and his wife
Duchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

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In 1814 Joseph and his brother George fought with the allies
against France in the Napoleonic Wars. Later he was a
General Major in Saxon services.

On April 24th. 1817 Joseph married Amelia of Württemberg
in Kirchheim under Teck. She was a daughter of Duke Louis
of Württemberg.

Joseph and Amelia would have 6 daughters. Their eldest
daughter Marie would marry King George V of Hanover.
Another daughter, Alexandra would marry Grand Duke
Konstantine Nikolayevich of Russia

see my page House of Romanov 1762-1917 
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In 1834 Joseph succeeded his father as Duke of Saxe-Altenburg.
He implemented several buildings in Altenburg but he didn't like
to reform. This was the main reason that Joseph was forced to
abdicate during the civil revolution of 1848. After his abdication
he lived in Schloss Fröhliche Wiederkunft in Wolfersdorf.


Source picture: Wikipedia


Joseph died on November 25th. 1868.
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