Frederick Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen

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Frederick Wilhelm
Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
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Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Reign 1743–1746
Predecessor Charles Frederick
Successor Anthony Ulrich
House House of Saxe-Meiningen
Father Bernhard I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Mother Marie Hedwig of Hesse-Darmstadt
Born (1679-02-16)16 February 1679
Ichtershausen
Died 10 March 1746(1746-03-10) (aged 67)
Meiningen
Religion Lutheranism

Frederick Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen (Ichtershausen, 16 February 1679 – Meiningen, 10 March 1746), was a duke of Saxe-Meiningen.

Life[edit]

He was the fifth son of Bernhard I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and his first wife, Marie Hedwig of Hesse-Darmstadt.

When his father died in 1706, according to his will, he inherited the duchy of Saxe-Meiningen with his older full-brother, Ernst Ludwig I, and his younger half-brother, Anton Ulrich.

But, shortly after, Ernst Ludwig signed a contract between himself and his brothers, and they were compelled to leave full control of the duchy in his hands.

When Ernst Ludwig died (1724), Frederick Wilhelm and Anton Ulrich took again the government of the duchy as guardians of his nephews until 1733.

After the death of his nephew, Karl Frederick (1743), he inherited the duchy of Saxe-Meiningen.

Frederick Wilhelm never married and died after only three years of reigning. He was succeeded by his younger half-brother, Anton Ulrich.

Ancestors[edit]

Frederick Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 16 February 1679 Died: 10 March 1746
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Karl Frederick
Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
1743–1746
Succeeded by
Anton Ulrich