Heinrich IX, Count Reuss of Köstritz
|Heinrich IX, Count Reuss of Köstritz|
15 September 1711|
|Died||16 September 1780
|Buried||Garrison Church in Berlin|
|Noble family||House of Reuss|
|Spouse(s)||Countess Amalie of Wartensleben and Flodroff|
|Father||Heinrich XXIV, Count Reuss of Köstritz|
|Mother||Baroness Eleonore of Promnitz-Dittersbach|
Henry IX was a son of Count Henry XXIV and his wife, Baroness Eleonore of Promnitz-Dittersbach (1688-1776).
Henry earned a degree in Law and Political Sciences. After his grand tour, he went to the estates of his mother in Silesia, where he took up a legal office. Through his family connections he met with the future King Frederick II of Prussia. He then took up a position as councillor at the Kammergericht in Berlin.
From 1762 to 1769, he was Henry Royal Prussian Postmaster General and Chief of the postal system. He later rose to become directing minister, top civil servant and close personal advisor to Frederick the Great.
He died in 1780 and was buried in the Garrison Church in Berlin.
Marriage and issue
Henry IX married on 7 June 1743 in Dorth, near Deventer, to Amalie (1715-1787), a daughter of Count Charles of Wartensleben and Flodroff and his wife Johanna Margarita Huysseman von Cattendyck. With her he had the following nine children:
- Emily (1745-1754)
- Sophie (1746-1746)
- Henry XXXVII (1747-1774)
- Henry XXXVIII (1748-1835), Count Reuss of Köstritz
- Henry XXXIX (1750-1815)
- Henry XLI (1751-1753)
- Henry XLIV (1753-1832), Prince Reuss of Köstritz
- Louise (1756-1807), married in 1792 to Baron Charles of Knobelsdorff
- Henry L (1760-1764)
- Thomas Gehrlein: Das Haus Reuss. Älterer und Jüngerer Linie, Börde Verlag, 2006, ISBN 978-3981031539
- Friedrich Wilhelm Trebge: Spuren im Land, Hohenleuben, 2005
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