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Franz Anton von Kolowrat-Liebsteinsky

Franz Anton von Kolowrat-Liebsteinsky Czech nobleman

Czech nobleman
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Intro Czech nobleman
A.K.A. Francois Kolowrat, Franz Anton Kollowrath, François Antoine de Kolowrat-Liebsteinsky
Countries Austria
Occupations Politician
Type Politics
Gender male
Birth 31 January 1778 (Prague)
Death 4 April 1861 (Vienna)
Star sign AquariusAquarius
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Biography

Count Franz Anton von Kolowrat-Liebsteinsky (Czech: František Antonín Kolovrat-Libštejnský; 31 January 1778 – 4 April 1861) was Bohemian noble and Austrian statesman from the House of Kolowrat. As a moderate liberal politician, he was one of the major opponents of State Chancellor Prince Klemens von Metternich during the Vormärz era. In the March Revolution of 1848, Kolowrat became the first constitutional Minister-President of Austria, however, he resigned after one month in office.

Life

He was born and raised in the Bohemian capital Prague, a scion of the Bohemian family of high nobility (the House of Kolowrat), whose ancestors had already served under the Luxembourg emperor Charles IV. Having finished his studies at Charles University, Franz Anton entered the Austrian civil service at the Beroun district administration in January 1799. During the Napoleonic Wars he achieved the office of a stadtholder of the Habsburg emperor Francis I of Austria at Prague and in 1810 became Oberstburggraf of the Bohemian kingdom. Contrary to Chancellor Metternich, he encouraged Czech cultural and civic-national movements, exemplified by the founding of the Prague National Museum in 1818.

Kolowrat's rivalry with Metternich intensified when in 1826 the emperor called him to Vienna, where he was elevated to lead the Austrian State Council responsible for the Interior and Finances. The tensions between him and the chancellor continued: while Metternich favored a strong army, Kolowrat reduced the military budget. After the accession of Francis' incapable son Ferdinand I to the throne in 1835, Kolowrat together with Metternich led the Secret State Conference, the de facto government of the Empire from 1836 to 1848. However, the continuous disagreement between the two leaders palsied the Austrian politics and ultimately contributed to collapse of the "Metternich system".

Upon the outbreak of the Revolutions of 1848, Metternich had to resign. A ministers' conference was established and Kolowrat assumed the newly created office of an Austrian minister-president, which he nevertheless laid down after only one month between 3–5 April, officially for health reasons.

Kolowrat retired to private life; he died in Vienna aged 83. With his death, the Liebsteinsky branch of the Kolowrat dynasty became extinct.

Decorations

  • Order of the Golden Fleece
  • Order of Leopold
  • Order of St. Andrew
  • Order of St. Anna
  • Order of St. Vladimir
  • Order of the White Eagle
  • Order of Alexander Nevsky
  • Venerable Order of Saint John
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https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q78871
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/90597170
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