Johann Franz Schenk von Stauffenberg

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Johann Franz Schenk von Stauffenberg

Johann Franz Schenk von Stauffenberg (1658–1740) was Prince-Bishop of Constance from 1704 to 1740 and Prince-Bishop of Augsburg from 1737 to 1740.


Johann Franz Schenk von Stauffenberg was born in Lautlingen February 18, 1658, the fourth son of Wolfgang Friedrich Schenk von Stauffenberg and his wife Anna Barbara née Wernau.[1]

He was made a canon of Konstanz Cathedral in 1667.[1] He studied in Dillingen an der Donau until 1675.[1] His father died in 1676 and his mother at 1681, after which time his uncles Hans Georg von Wernau and Franz Wilhelm von Stain acted as his guardians.[1] He became a canon of Augsburg Cathedral in 1682.[1]

In 1694, he became coadjutor bishop of Constance.[1] Upon the death of Marquard Rudolf von Rodt, Bishop of Constance, on June 10, 1704, he succeeded as Bishop of Constance.[2] He was ordained as a priest on November 11, 1704.[2] On January 26, 1705, Pope Clement XI confirmed his appointment and he was subsequently consecrated as a bishop by Vincenzo Bichi, Bishop of Frascati, on April 26, 1705.[2]

Following a bout of mental illness on the part of Alexander Sigismund von der Pfalz-Neuburg, Prince-Bishop of Augsburg, on June 11, 1714, the cathedral chapter of Augsburg Cathedral elected Stauffenberg coadjutor bishop of Augsburg, and the appointment was confirmed by Pope Clement XI on September 24, 1714.[2] He succeeded as Prince-Bishop of Augsburg upon the death of Alexander Sigismund von der Pfalz-Neuburg on January 24, 1737.[2]

He died in Meßkirch on June 12, 1740.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Article on German Wikipedia
  2. ^ a b c d e Profile on
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Marquard Rudolf von Rodt
Prince-Bishop of Constance
Succeeded by
Hugo Damian von Schönborn
Preceded by
Alexander Sigismund von der Pfalz-Neuburg
Prince-Bishop of Augsburg
Succeeded by
Joseph Ignaz Philipp von Hessen-Darmstadt