Prince George William of Hesse-Darmstadt

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George William
GeorgWilhelmHeDa.jpg
Spouse Maria Louise Albertine of Leiningen-Falkenburg-Dagsburg
Issue See main text
House House of Hesse-Darmstadt
Father Louis VIII of Hesse-Darmstadt
Mother Charlotte of Hanau-Lichtenberg
Born 11 July 1722
Darmstadt
Died 21 June 1782
Darmstadt
George William and family (1753)

George William of Hesse-Darmstadt (July 11, 1722 – June 21, 1782) was a Prince of Hesse-Darmstadt. He was born in Darmstadt.

He was the second son of Landgrave Louis VIII and Charlotte Christine Magdalene Johanna of Hanau-Lichtenberg. From 1738 till his death he commanded an army-regiment of his land. In the 1740s, he also commanded a Prussian regiment. He reached the rank of general of the cavalry. He was the official military adviser to his father, but had a strong rival in his older brother Louis IX, who followed his friend's example, the soldier-king Frederick II of Prussia and expanded Pirmasens as a garrison town.

In 1748, he married Countess Maria Louise Albertine of Leiningen-Falkenburg-Dagsburg. Through this marriage, he acquired the estates of Broich, Oberstein, Aspermont, Burgel and Reipolzkirchen. He and Maria had nine children.

In 1764, George William received Old Palace in Darmstadt and the associated pleasure garden as a gift from his father, who had always favoured him above his brother Louis.[citation needed] George William had the palace with the White Tower expanded. He represented the reigning family in Darmstadt, as his brother stayed mostly in Pirmasens.

Issue[edit]

Name Portrait Birth Death Notes
Ludwig Georg Karl 1749 1823 Married morganatically in 1788 Friederike Schmidt, Baroness von Hessenheim
Georg Friedrich 1750
Friederike Caroline
Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Friederyka Karolina.jpg 20 August 1752 22 May 1782 Married in 1768 Duke Charles of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, had issue
Georg Karl Schlossmuseum DA 03.jpg 14 June 1754 28 January 1830
Charlotte Wilhelmine
Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
CharlotteHeDaMeck.jpg 5 November 1755 12 December 1785 Married in 1784 Duke Charles of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, had issue
Karl Wilhelm Georg
1757 1797
Friedrich Georg August
1759 1808 Married morganatically in 1788 Karoline Luise Seitz, Baroness von Friedrich
Louise Henriette Caroline
LuiseHessenDarmstadt.jpg 15 February 1761 24 October 1829 Married in 1777 Louis X of Hesse-Darmstadt, had issue
Auguste Wilhelmine
Duchess of Zweibrücken
Augusta wilhelmine of hesse-darmstadt.jpg 14 April 1765 30 March 1796 Married in 1785 the future King Maximilian I of Bavaria, had issue

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