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Dietrich of Anhalt-Dessau

Dietrich of Anhalt-Dessau

German prince and regent
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German prince and regent
A.K.A. Dietrich von Anhalt-Dessau
Countries Germany
Occupations Military personnel
Gender male
Birth 2 August 1702 (Dessau)
Death 2 December 1769 (Dessau)
Star sign Leo
Mother: Anna Louise Föhse
Father: Leopold IPrince of Anhalt-Dessau
Siblings: Georg Heinrich von BerenhorstWilliam Gustav of Anhalt-DessauPrince Frederick Henry Eugen of Anhalt-DessauLeopold IIPrince of Anhalt-DessauPrince Moritz of Anhalt-DessauLeopoldine Marie of Anhalt-DessauLuise von Anhalt-DessauHenriette Amalie of Anhalt-DessauAnna Wilhelmine of Anhalt-Dessau
The details

Dietrich of Anhalt-Dessau (b. Dessau, 2 August 1702 - d. Dessau, 2 December 1769), was a German prince of the House of Ascania and later regent of the principality of Anhalt-Dessau. He was also a Prussian Generalfeldmarschall.
Dietrich was the third son of Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, by his morganatic wife Anna Louise Föhse.


The introduction of primogeniture in Anhalt-Dessau in 1727 left Dietrich without any chance to take part in the government of Dessau. Because his oldest brother, the Hereditary Prince William Gustav, had already died before his father, the second brother, Leopold Maximilian, inherited the princely title and government. After the latter's death in 1751, the succession passed to his eleven-year-old son Leopold Frederick Franz. Dietrich acted as regent of Anhalt-Dessau on behalf of his nephew until 1758, when Leopold Frederick Franz was proclaimed an adult and assumed the government of his principality.

Dietrich never married or had children. Later, his palace in Dessau was used by a progressive school, "The Philanthropinum".

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