World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Frederick IV, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

Article Id: WHEBN0006233307
Reproduction Date:

Title: Frederick IV, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Augustus, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Meiningen, Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Frederick IV, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

Frederick IV
Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Reign 1822–1825
Predecessor Augustus
Successor Dissolution
Ernst III of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Frederick of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Born (1774-11-28)28 November 1774
Died 11 February 1825(1825-02-11) (aged 50)
House House of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Father Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Mother Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Meiningen

Frederick IV, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (Gotha, 28 November 1774 – Gotha, 11 February 1825), was the last duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.

He was the third but second surviving son of Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg and Charlotte de Saxe-Meiningen.

After the death of his older brother August without sons (1822), Frederick (the only surviving male of the house) inherited the duchy of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.

Frederick fought - after military training - in the Napoleonic campaigns and was heavily wounded. As a consequence of these injuries, he was constantly ill until his death. Because of his illness, he traveled for a long time seeking a cure. During these stays outside of his duchy, he left the government in hands of his secret advisor Bernhard August von Lindenau.

He only reigned three years and died unmarried; with him, the line of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg ended. After his death, his lands were repartitioned among his Wettin relations. Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld received Gotha, and changed his title to Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, although the two duchies remained technically separate in a personal union. Altenburg was thereafter ruled by the Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen, whose dukedom was transferred to Saxe-Meiningen along with Saxe-Saalfeld, which Saxe-Coburg gave up in return for receiving Saxe-Gotha.


Frederick's ancestors in three generations
Frederick IV, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg Father:
Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Paternal Grandfather:
Frederick III, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Frederick II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Magdalena Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst
Paternal Grandmother:
Luise Dorothea of Saxe-Meiningen
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Ernst Ludwig I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Dorothea Marie of Saxe-Gotha
Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Meiningen
Maternal Grandfather:
Anton Ulrich, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Bernhard I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Elisabeth Eleonore of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Maternal Grandmother:
Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Philippsthal
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Philippsthal
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Caroline Christine of Saxe-Eisenach


  • August Beck: Friedrich IV., Herzog von Sachsen-Gotha und Altenburg. In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Band 8, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1878, S. 6 f.
Frederick IV, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Born: 28 November 1774 Died: 11 February 1825
Preceded by
Emil Leopold August
Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Succeeded by
Ernst I
as Duke of Saxe-Gotha
Succeeded by
as Duke of Saxe-Altenburg

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.