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John Maurice Hauke

John Maurice Hauke
Jan Maurycy Hauke
Birth name Johann Moritz Hauke
Born (1775-10-26)26 October 1775
Seifersdorf, Saxony
Died 29 November 1830(1830-11-29) (aged 55)
Warsaw, Congress Poland, Russian Empire

Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Duchy of Warsaw

Congress Poland
Service/branch Army
Rank General
Commands held Deputy Minister of War

Napoleonic wars

November Uprising

Legion of Honour
Virtuti Militari
Order of Saint Stanislaus
Order of St. Anna
Order of St. Anna
Order of St. Alexander Nevsky

Order of the White Eagle
Relations Julia Hauke (daughter)

Count John Maurice Hauke (German: Johann Moritz Hauke Polish: Jan Maurycy Hauke) (26 October 1775 in Seifersdorf, near Dresden, Saxony – 29 November 1830 in Warsaw, Congress Poland, Russian Empire) was a professional soldier.


  • Life 1
    • Orders and decorations 1.1
  • Ancestry 2
  • See also 3
  • Sources 4


Of German origin and the son of a German professor at the Warsaw Lyceum (an exclusive Prussian school in Warsaw), Count Moritz Hauke served between 1790 and 1793 in the army of Poland during the country's last years of independence. He was involved in the Kościuszko Uprising, fought in the Polish Legions in France and later in the army of the Duchy of Warsaw in Austria, Italy, Germany and the Peninsular War. After 1815 he joined the army of Congress Poland, reaching the rank of full general in 1826 and receiving a title of Polish nobility. Recognizing his abilities, Tsar Nicholas I appointed him Deputy Minister of War of Congress Poland and elevated him in 1829 to count.

The obelisque in Warsaw on its first site before the Saxon Palace

In the uprising of 1830 led by revolutionary army cadets, the target was Grand Duke Constantine, Poland's Governor-General. Count Moritz Hauke was on his way to the Grand Duke who managed to escape, but Hauke was shot to death by the cadets on the street of Warsaw before the eyes of his wife, Sophie Lafontaine, and his three younger children. He was riding on a horse beside the carriage of his wife and having met a group of rebels who shouted "Be our leader, General!" Hauke reprimanded them and told them to go back to their quarters, whereupon they opened fire and killed him. His wife died shortly afterwards, and their younger children were made wards of the Tsar, while three elder sons joined the uprising and one of them, Maurice Leopold, fell during the battle of Ostrołęka in 1831 only 27 years old. After his victory over the Poles, the Tsar raised in 1841 an enormous obelisque in Warsaw, which was dedicated to the memory of Hauke and five other Polish generals who "preserved their fidelity to their Monarch". Detested by the inhabitants of the Polish capital, the obelisque was pulled down in 1917.

On 28 October 1851, his daughter Countess Julia Hauke, then lady-in-waiting to the Russian Empress, married Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine (Hesse-Darmstadt), brother of the Empress. Elevated by Alexander's brother, Grand Duke Ludwig III of Hesse-Darmstadt, to Countess of Hohenfels and in December 1858 to Princess of Battenberg, she became an ancestor of the house of Mountbatten, the British Royal House of Windsor, and the current Spanish King. His older daughter, Catarina, became the mistress of Paul Friedrich, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg

Orders and decorations


See also


  • Polski Słownik Biograficzny (Polish Dictionary of Biography), vol. 2, Cracow 1938
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