Archduke Rainer Ferdinand of Austria

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Kaiserliche und königliche Hoheit
Erzherzog Rainer Ferdinand von Österreich
Archduke Rainer of Austria (1827-1913).jpg
3rd Chairman of the Austrian Ministers' Conference
In office
4 February 1861 – 26 June 1865
Monarch Francis Joseph I
Preceded by Johann Bernhard Graf von Rechberg und Rothenlöwen
Succeeded by Alexander Graf von Mensdorff-Pouilly
Personal details
Born (1827-01-11)11 January 1827
Milan, Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia, Austrian Empire
Died 27 January 1913(1913-01-27) (aged 86)
Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Spouse(s) Archduchess Maria Karoline of Austria
Parents Archduke Rainer Joseph of Austria
Princess Elisabeth of Savoy
Religion Roman Catholic

Archduke Rainer Ferdinand of Austria (Rainer Ferdinand Maria Johann Evangelist Franz Ignaz; 11 January 1827, Milan – 27 January 1913, Vienna) was an Austrian prime minister. He was a son of Archduke Rainer Joseph of Austria and Princess Elisabeth of Savoy.

In 1852, he married his cousin Archduchess Maria Karoline of Austria, daughter of Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen. The marriage was a very happy one, and the couple was probably the most popular amongst the Habsburg family. The marriage remained childless.

Rainer was also a general in the Imperial Army, and very interested in art and science, in particular the emerging Papyrology. He donated his Fayum collection in 1899 to the Austrian National Library.

Lithograph by Eduard Kaiser, 1860


Preceded by
Johann Bernhard von Rechberg und Rothenlöwen
Minister-President of Austria
4 February 1861 - 26 June 1865
Succeeded by
Alexander von Mensdorff-Pouilly