Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

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Paul Friedrich
Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
1800 Paul Friedrich.jpg
Reign 1 February 1837 - 7 March 1842
Predecessor Friedrich Franz I
Successor Friedrich Franz II
Spouse Alexandrine of Prussia
House House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Father Friedrich Ludwig
Mother Elena Pavlovna of Russia
Born (1800-09-15)September 15, 1800
Ludwigslust
Died March 7, 1842(1842-03-07) (aged 41)
Schwerin
Religion Lutheranism

Paul Friedrich (15 September 1800 – 7 March 1842) ruled as Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin from 1837 to 1842.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Ludwigslust the son of Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Ludwig of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia.[1] Paul Friedrich was educated at Geneva, Jena and Rostock. Paul Friedrich became heir-apparent to the throne of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in 1819, upon the death of his father, the Hereditary Grand Duke.

On 1 February 1837 he succeeded his grandfather, Friedrich Franz I. His reign saw improvements in the infrastructure and judicial system of the Grand Duchy, as well as a change in the government's seat of residence from Ludwigslust to Schwerin. Nonetheless, Paul Friedrich was largely interested only in military matters and spent most of his time drilling his troops. As Paul Friedrich reached his middle age, he adopted a more reclusive lifestyle, preferring only the company of his mistress. Paul Friedrich died in 1842 of a cold caught while rushing to a fire in his capital city.

Marriage and children[edit]

Paul Friedrich married Princess Alexandrine of Prussia at Berlin on 25 May 1822. They had two sons and four daughters:[1]

Paul Friedrich also had issue with his mistress, Countess Catarina Hauke, daughter of Johann Mauritz Hauke and sister of Princess Julia of Battenberg:

  • Catarina (1830–1834)
  • Paul Friedrich (1832–1903) married Countess Maria Anna van Nieppell, had issue
  • Alexander (1833–1833)
  • Helene Catarina (1835–1915) died unmarried

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Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Cadet branch of the House of Mecklenburg
Born: 15 September 1800 Died: 7 March 1842
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Friedrich Franz I
Grand Duke of Mecklenburg - Schwerin
1837–1842
Succeeded by
Friedrich Franz II