Archduke Wilhelm Franz of Austria

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about a 19th century archduke. For the 20th century, see Archduke Wilhelm of Austria.
Archduke Wilhelm Franz of Austria
Wilhelm Franz Karl Austria 1827 1894 photo1880.jpg
Archduke Wilhelm Franz of Austria
Father Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen
Mother Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg
Born (1827-04-21)21 April 1827
Died 29 April 1894(1894-04-29) (aged 67)

Archduke Wilhelm Franz Karl of Austria-Teschen (21 April 1827 – 29 April 1894) was an Archduke of Austria from the Habsburg dynasty.

He was born in Vienna as the son of Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen (1771–1847) and Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg (1797–1829). He was a grandson of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor (1747–1792) and nephew of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (1768–1835).

He held the office of Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights in 1863. He gained the rank of General Field Marshal in the service of the Austrian Army. He was Governor of the Federal Fortress of Mainz.

Archduke Wilhelm of Austria died unmarried and without issue on July 29, 1894 in Weikersdorf after falling from a horse. He had been riding in Baden when his horse was frightened by an "electric car." The horse bolted, and the Archduke was thrown. One of his feet remained stuck in the stirrup, and he was dragged more than 100 yards. He died without regaining consciousness. His death was attributed to a concussion on the brain. The archduke was 67-years-old.

Ancestry[edit]

Imperial Monogram of Archduke Wilhelm Franz of Austria
Grand Master of the Teutonic Order
Preceded by
Maximilian of Austria–Este
Hochmeister
1863–1894
Succeeded by
Eugen of Austria