Prince Augustus Ferdinand of Prussia

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Prince Augustus Ferdinand
Ferdinand.jpg
Born (1730-05-23)23 May 1730
Berlin
Died 2 May 1813(1813-05-02) (aged 82)
Berlin
Spouse Elisabeth of Brandenburg-Schwedt
Issue Princess Friederike
Prince Friedrich Heinrich
Louise, Princess Antoni Radziwiłł
Prince Heinrich
Prince Louis Ferdinand
Prince Friedrich Paul
Prince Augustus
House House of Hohenzollern
Father Frederick William I of Prussia
Mother Sophia Dorothea of Hanover
Prussian royalty
House of Hohenzollern
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Frederick William I
Children
Prince Frederick Louis
Wilhelmine, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
Prince Friedrich William
Princess Charlotte Albertine
Frederick II
Friederike Luise, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Philippine Charlotte, Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Prince Ludwig Karl Wilhelm
Sophia Dorothea, Margravine of Brandenburg-Schwedt
Louisa Ulrika, Queen of Sweden
Prince Augustus William
Anna Amalie, Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg
Prince Henry
Prince Augustus Ferdinand

Prince August Ferdinand of Prussia (German: August Ferdinand von Preußen; 23 May 1730, Berlin – 2 May 1813, Berlin) was a Prussian Prince and general, and Herrenmeister ("Master of the Knights") of the Bailiwick of Brandenburg of the Order of Saint John. He belonged to the House of Hohenzollern, and was the youngest son of Frederick William I of Prussia by his wife Queen Sophia Dorothea.

Family[edit]

Prince Augustus Ferdinand of Prussia

He was the youngest child of King Frederick William I of Prussia and his wife Sophia Dorothea of Hanover.[1] He was also a younger brother of King Frederick the Great (Frederick II of Prussia), Queen Louisa Ulrika of Sweden, and Wilhelmine Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth.

Already at the age of 5, he joined the Infantry regiment „Kronprinz“. In 1740, his brother named him commander of Infantry regiment Nr 34. In 1756, he became Major General and accompanied his brother the King on his campaigns in Saxony, Bohemia and Silesia. He fought in the Battle of Breslau and the Battle of Leuthen. But in 1758, bad health forced him to leave the army.

Apotheosis of Prince Augustus Ferdinand (1779) by Anna Dorothea Therbusch, Royal Castle in Warsaw

On September 12, 1763, Ferdinand was elected as Master of the Knights of the Bailiwick of Brandenburg of the Order of Saint John, a post he held until 1812.

Ferdinand is also remembered for having the Schloss Bellevue in the Berliner Tiergarten built.

Marriage and children[edit]

He married his niece, Margravine Elisabeth Louise of Brandenburg-Schwedt, on 27 September 1755.[2] She was a daughter of his older sister Sophia Dorothea and her husband Margrave Frederick William of Brandenburg-Schwedt. Despite this family tie, she was only eight years younger than he, due to the significant age difference between him and his sister.

They had seven children:

Augustus died in Berlin on 2 May 1813. Elisabeth Louise would die seven years later, on 10 February 1820.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: August Ferdinand Prinz von Preußen. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  2. ^ Lundy.

Sources[edit]

Prince Augustus Ferdinand of Prussia
Born: 23 May 1730 Died: 2 May 1813
Preceded by
Karl, Prinz in Preußen, Markgraf zu Brandenburg
Herrenmeister (Grand Master) of the Order of Saint John
1762–1812
Succeeded by
Friedrich Carl Alexander, Prinz von Preußen