Alexander, Duke of Württemberg

BORN 20 Dec 1804, Riga - DIED 28 Oct 1881, Bayreuth, Bayern: Schloss Fantaisie
BIRTH NAME Friedrich Wilhelm Alexander
GRAVE LOCATION Bayreuth, Bayern: Stadtfriedhof (Mausoleum)

Duke Alexander of Württemberg was the son of another Duke Alexander of Württemberg (1771-1833). His mother was Antoinette of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1779-1824). He was a first cousin of Queen Victoria of England. Like his father he worked for the Russian army, and he saw action against the Osman Empire in 1828 and against Poland in 1831.

To marry Marie of Orléans, the daughter of king Louis Philippe of France, he had to promise that their children would be raised in the Roman Catholic faith. The marriage took place on 17 October 1837 in Versailles. They had one son, Philipp of Württemberg (1838-1917) and Marie died in 1839. After her death he lived in Schloss Fantaisie near Bayreuth in the summer and in his house in the City of Bayreuth in the winter.

His second wife was Katharina Pfennigkäufer, who was married to a baker named Kirsch when he met her in Frankfurt am Main. After a payment of 25,000 guilders to her husband she obtained a divorce. Alexander married her in 1868 and she received the title of Frau von Meyenberg. Their marriage was unhappy. He died in Bayreuth in 1881. After his death, his widow lived at the Reitzenstein-Palais in Bayreuth.


The mausoleum of Alexander, Duke of Württemberg at the Stadtfriedhof in Bayreuth.
Picture by Androom (24 Jan 2006)


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Published: 04 May 2024
Last update: 04 May 2024