Franz Joseph Sigismund von Roggenbach
On November 25, 1782, the cathedral chapter of Basel Münster unanimously elected Roggenbach to be the new Prince-Bishop of Basel, with Pope Pius VI confirming his appointment on July 18, 1783. He was consecrated as a bishop by Raymond de Durfort, Archbishop of Besançon, on September 29, 1783.
Shortly after Roggenbach's election, revolutionary activity began in the prince-bishopric, encouraged by Roggenbach's auxiliary bishop, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Gobel, a supporter of the sans-culottes. The French Revolution eventually spread into the prince-bishopric, and, following rioting in Porrentruy, Roggenbach fled the prince-bishopric on April 27, 1792, under the protection of Austrian troops, traveling first to Delémont, then to Biel, and finally to Konstanz. On December 17, 1792, the French First Republic incorporated the northern part of the Prince-Bishopric of Basel into a new client state known as the Rauracian Republic.
Roggenbach died in Konstanz on March 9, 1794.
- Sprink & Son's Monthly Numismatic Circle, Vol I. (1893), p. 446
- Article on German Wikipedia
- Profile on catholic-hierarchy.org
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