Alexis, Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt

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Alexis
Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt
Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt
Reign 28 September 1890 –21 January 1919
Predecessor Ludwig Wilhelm
Successor Viktor Adolf
Spouse Princess Pauline of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Issue Prince Eberwyn
Viktor Adolf, Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt
Prince Karl Georg
Princess Elisabeth
Princess Viktoria
Princess Emma
Prince Alexis Rainer
Prince Friedrich
Full name
German: Alexis Carl Ernst Louis Ferdinand Eugen Bernhard
House House of Bentheim and Steinfurt
Father Ludwig Wilhelm, Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt
Mother Landgravine Bertha of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld
Born (1845-11-17)17 November 1845
Burgsteinfurt, Kingdom of Prussia
Died 21 January 1919(1919-01-21) (aged 73)
Burgsteinfurt, Weimar Republic

Alexis Carl Ernst Louis Ferdinand Eugen Bernhard, Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt[1][2] (German: Alexis Carl Ernst Louis Ferdinand Eugen Bernhard Fürst zu Bentheim und Steinfurt; 17 November 1845 –21 January 1919)[1][2] was a Lieutenant General, statesman, and the Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt from 28 September 1890 to 21 January 1919.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Alexis was born in Burgsteinfurt, Kingdom of Prussia on 17 November 1845 and was the fourth child and eldest son of Ludwig Wilhelm, Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt (1812–1890) and his wife Landgravine Bertha of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (1818–1888).[1][2] Alexis was a brother of Adelheid, Landgravine Wilhelm of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (1840–1880), Juliane, Landgravine Wilhelm of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (1842–1878), Marie, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein (1843–1931), Prince Karl of Bentheim and Steinfurt (1848–1854), and Prince Georg of Bentheim and Steinfurt (1851–1939).[1][2]

Education and military career[edit]

Alexis attended high school in Burgsteinfurt and attended university at the University of Bonn, where he was a member of the Corps Borussia Bonn. In 1866, Alexis was a Lieutenant in the Hanoverian Guards Hussars Regiment and in 1868, he was transferred to the Hussars Regiment No. 7. In 1873, he advanced to First Lieutenant and then to Rittmeister in the Regiment der Gardes du Corps in 1875. In 1884, Alexis advanced to Major à la suite in the Army. In 1892 Alexis was made Lieutenant Colonel, then Colonel in 1895, and Major General in 1899. In 1902, he was awarded the uniform of the Regiment der Garde du Corps Lieutenant General.

Political career[edit]

Alexis succeeded his father Ludwig Wilhelm to the headship of the Princely House of Bentheim and Steinfurt. As such, he became a hereditary member of the Prussian House of Lords and the Württembergian Chamber of Lords.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Alexis married Princess Pauline of Waldeck and Pyrmont, second child and daughter of George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and his first wife Princess Helena of Nassau, on 7 May 1881 in Arolsen, Principality of Waldeck and Pyrmont.[1][2] Alexis and Pauline had eight children:[1][2]

∞ 1906–1914 Pauline Langenfeld (1884–1970)
∞ 1918–1919 Ellen Bischoff-Korthaus (1894–1936)
∞ 1920 Anne-Louise Husser (1891–1951)
∞ 1920 Princess Stephanie of Schaumburg-Lippe (1899–1925), daughter of Princess Louise of Denmark.
∞ 1931 Princess Rosa Helene of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (1901–1963)
  • Prince Karl Georg of Bentheim and Steinfurt (10 December 1884 – 14 February 1951)[1][2]
∞ 1914 Princess Margarete of Schönaich-Carolath (1888–1980)
  • Princess Elisabeth of Bentheim and Steinfurt (12 July 1886 – 8 May 1959)[1][2]
  • Princess Viktoria of Bentheim and Steinfurt (18 August 1887 – 30 January 1961)[1][2]
  • Princess Emma of Bentheim and Steinfurt (19 February 1889 – 25 April 1905)[1][2]
  • Prince Alexis Rainer of Bentheim and Steinfurt (16 December 1891 – 30 June 1923)[1][2]
  • Prince Friedrich of Bentheim and Steinfurt (27 May 1894 – 17 May 1981)[1][2]
∞ 1934 Louise von Gülich (1893-1949)

Ancestry[edit]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 17 November 1845 – 28 September 1890: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt
  • 28 September 1890 – 21 January 1919: His Serene Highness The Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Darryl Lundy (31 Jul 2005). "Alexis Fürst zu Bentheim und Steinfurt". thePeerage.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Paul Theroff. "BENTHEIM". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 

Literature[edit]

  • Hermann A. L. Degener: Wer ist's?, V, Leipzig 1911, S. 89
Alexis, Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt
Cadet branch of the House of Bentheim
Born: 17 November 1845 Died: 21 January 1919
German royalty
Preceded by
Ludwig Wilhelm
Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt
28 September 1890 – 21 January 1919
Succeeded by
Viktor Adolf