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Joseph, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg

Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
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AKA Joseph Georg Friedrich Ernst Karl, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
Date of birth Hildburghausen, Hildburghausen, Thuringia, Germany
Date of death Nov 25, 1868 Altenburg, Altenburger Land, Thuringia, Germany
Mother: Duchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Brother(s): Georg Duke of Saxe-Altenburg Prince Eduard of Saxe-Altenburg Friedrich von Sachsen-Altenburg
Children: Marie of Saxe-Altenburg Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg Therese von Sachsen-Altenburg
Sister(s): Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Hildburghausen Princess Louise of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Spouse: Duchess Amelia of Württemberg
Father: Frederick Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
Awards Order of Saint Hubert, Order of St. Andrew
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Joseph Georg Friedrich Ernst Karl, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg (Hildburghausen, 27 August 1789 – Altenburg, 25 November 1868), was a duke of Saxe-Altenburg.

He was the second but first surviving son of Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen (of Saxe-Altenburg from 1826) and Duchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Joseph succeeded his father as Duke of Saxe-Altenburg after his death in 1834.

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

He implemented several buildings in Altenburg, but his government was considered conservative and resistant to reform; for this, he was forced to abdicate during the civil revolution of 1848.

In Kirchheim unter Teck on 24 April 1817 Joseph married Amelia of Württemberg, a daughter of Duke Louis of Württemberg. They had six daughters:

  • Marie (b. Hildburghausen, 14 April 1818 – d. Gmunden, 9 January 1907), married on 18 February 1843 to King George V of Hanover.
  • Pauline (b. Kirchheim unter Teck, 24 November 1819 – d. Hildburghausen, 11 January 1825).
  • Therese (b. Hildburghausen, 9 October 1823 – d. Altenburg, 3 April 1915).
  • Elisabeth (b. Hildburghausen, 26 March 1826 – d. Oldenburg, 2 February 1896), married on 10 February 1852 to Peter II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg.
  • Alexandra [upon her marriage, she took the name Alexandra Iosifovna in a Russian Orthodox baptism] (b. Altenburg, 8 July 1830 – d. St. Petersburg, 6 July 1911), married on 11 September 1848 to Constantine Romanov, Grand Duke of Russia.
  • Luise (b. Altenburg, 4 June 1832 – d. Hummelshain, 29 August 1833).


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