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Louis Augustus Karl Frederick Emil, Duke of Anhalt-Köthen

Louis Augustus Karl Frederick Emil, Duke of Anhalt-Köthen

German noble
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About
Gender male
Birth September 20, 1802 (Köthen)
Death December 16, 1818 (Köthen)
Family
Father: Prince Louis of Anhalt-Köthen
The details
Biography

Louis Augustus Karl Frederick Emil, Duke of Anhalt-Köthen (Köthen, 20 September 1802 – Leipzig, 18 December 1818), was a German prince of the House of Ascania and ruler of the duchy of Anhalt-Köthen.
He was the second (but only surviving son) of Prince Louis of Anhalt-Köthen by his wife Princess Louise of Hesse, daughter of the later (1806) Louis I, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine.

Life

Louis Augustus was born posthumously, four days after the death of his father, on 16 September 1802. One year later, his uncle, the reigning Prince (and later Duke) Augustus Christian Frederick of Anhalt-Köthen divorced his wife after eleven years of childless union, and showed no interest in marrying again; this left Louis Augustus as his uncle's heir presumptive.

When Augustus Christian Frederick died in 1812, Louis Augustus succeeded him at the age of ten. Duke Leopold III of Anhalt-Dessau, as head of the whole House of Anhalt, assumed the regency on his behalf until his death in 1817, when his grandson and heir, Leopold IV, assumed guardianship of the duke.

Louis Augustus died at only sixteen years of age and because he was still a minor, he never ruled on his own. With him, the main line of Anhalt-Köthen became extinct, and he was succeeded by his uncle Frederick Ferdinand, a member of the Anhalt-Köthen-Pless branch.

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