Friedrich Karl August, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont

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Friedrich Karl August
Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Friedrich Karl August von Waldeck.jpg
Reign 29 August 1763 – 24 September 1812
Predecessor Karl August
Successor George I
House House of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Father Karl August, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Mother Christiane Henriette, Countess Palatine of Zweibrücken
Born (1743-10-25)25 October 1743
Zweibrücken, Palatinate-Zweibrücken
Died 24 September 1812(1812-09-24) (aged 68)
Arolsen, Waldeck and Pyrmont

Friedrich Karl August, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont (German: Friedrich Karl August Fürst zu Waldeck und Pyrmont; 25 October 1743 – 24 September 1812) was Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont from 1763 to 1812.

Early life[edit]

He was the second son of Karl August, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and Christiane Henriette, Countess Palatine of Zweibrücken. He stayed on for one and a half years in Lausanne and made his Grand Tour through Italy and France.

Military career[edit]

Like his father and his brother Christian, he entered into foreign military services. In 1757 he was Imperial lieutenant colonel. In 1766 he became Major General and in 1772 lieutenant-general of the Dutch army. Working for the Netherlands already were three battalions from Waldeck, which had set up his father. Which Friedrich Karl August in 1767 added a fourth battalion.

Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont[edit]

At the death of his father in 1763. In 1775 he went on a journey to England. In Waldeck, he undertook several modernization efforts. He promote the construction of roads, agriculture and commerce. Like his parents and brothers, he was very fond of the sciences. He left a written history of the Seven Years' War, and some biographical sketches. He encouraged the publication of the memoirs of his father on the campaigns 1745-1747.

Friedrich Karl August, let Waldecker soldiers to fight during the American Revolutionary War in 1775. A total of over 1200 Waldecker soldiers fought in America, over 720 men died during the war.

The principality was divided 1805, his brother George was given Pyrmont, and Friedrich Karl August stayed with Waldeck. In 1807, he joined with the Confederation of the Rhine and was given a seat in the College of Princes of the Federal Assembly

After his death in 1812, his brother George took over the government in Waldeck.

Ancestry[edit]

Notes and sources[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.
Friedrich Karl August, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Cadet branch of the House of Waldeck
Born: 25 October 1743 Died: 24 September 1812
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Karl August
Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
29 August 1763 – 24 September 1812
Succeeded by
George I