Karl Philipp von Greifenclau zu Vollraths

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Karl Philipp von Greiffenclau zu Vollraths

Karl Philipp Freiherr von Greiffenclau zu Vollraths (1690–1754) was the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg from 1749 to 1754.

Karl Philipp von Greiffenclau zu Vollraths was born in Vollraths on December 1, 1690, the son of Johann Erwein von Greiffenclau (d. 1727) und Anna Lioba von Sickingen-Sickingen.[1] His father's brother, Johann Philipp von Greiffenclau zu Vollraths, was the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg from 1699 to 1719.[1]

He was made a canon (Domizellar) of Würzburg Cathedral in 1705.[1] He studied at the University of Mainz, before being ordained as a priest on May 30, 1728.[2] He served as rector of the University of Mainz from 1739 to 1749.[1]

On April 14, 1749, the cathedral chapter of Würzburg Cathedral elected him to be Prince-Bishop of Würzburg, with Pope Benedict XIV confirming his appointment on July 21, 1749.[2] He was consecrated as a bishop by Daniel Johann Anton von Gebsattel, auxiliary bishop of Würzburg on October 5, 1749.[2]

He died of tuberculosis on November 25, 1754 and is buried in Würzburg Cathedral.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Article on German Wikipedia
  2. ^ a b c Profile on catholic-hierarchy.org
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Anselm Franz von Ingelheim
Prince-Bishop of Würzburg
Succeeded by
Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim