Franz I, Prince of Liechtenstein
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|Prince of Liechtenstein|
|Reign||11 February 1929 – 25 July 1938|
|Successor||Franz Josef II|
28 August 1853|
Schloss Liechtenstein, near Vienna
|Died||25 July 1938
|Burial||Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, Brno|
|Spouse||Elisabeth von Gutmann|
Franz I, Prince of Liechtenstein, born Franz de Paula Maria Karl August (28 August 1853 – 25 July 1938), was the Prince of Liechtenstein between 1929 and 1938. He was the younger son of Aloys II of Liechtenstein and his wife Countess Franziska Kinsky. Franz succeeded his older brother Johann II, as Prince of Liechtenstein on February 11, 1929.
Franz I served as the Austro-Hungarian ambassador at the Court of Tsar Nicholas II in St. Petersburg between 1894 and 1899. As Prince of Liechtenstein, he continued the economic reforms initiated by his brother.
In March 1938 the elderly Franz I named Franz Joseph the country's regent. Although he cited old age as his reason for relinquishing his duties, it is widely believed that it was because he had no desire to be ruling if Nazi Germany invaded his small Principality. Franz I died on 25 July 1938, and was formally succeeded by his grandnephew, Franz Joseph II.
In 1937, on the anniversary of his marriage, Franz founded the Order of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein.
|Ancestors of Franz I, Prince of Liechtenstein|
- Megan C. Robertson (9 August 2008). "Principality of Liechtenstein: Order of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein". Medals of the World. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
Franz I, Prince of LiechtensteinBorn: 28 August 1853 Died: 25 July 1938
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