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Prince Adolf of Auersperg
Austrian politician

Prince Adolf of Auersperg

Prince Adolf of Auersperg
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Intro Austrian politician
Was Politician
From Austria
Field Politics
Gender male
Birth 21 July 1821, Vlašim, Benešov District, Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic
Death 5 January 1885, Neidling, Sankt Pölten-Land District, Lower Austria, Austria (aged 63 years)
Star sign Cancer
Children: Karl Maria Alexander von Auersperg
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Prince Adolf Wilhelm Daniel von Auersperg (1821, Vlašim - January 5, 1885, Schloss Goldegg, Neidling) was an Austro-Bohemian statesman.


He served in the Army from 1841 to 1860 and attained the rank of major of dragoons in the regiment of Prince Eugene. In 1867 he entered political life as a member of the Bohemian Diet, being elected by the Liberal land proprietors, and in 1868 became a member for life of the upper chamber of the Austrian Reichsrat. He was governor of Salzburg from 1870 to 1871, and proved in that position, as well as in his subsequent political life, a staunch supporter of the constitution.

From 1871 to 1879, he was head of the Austrian ministry as the 8th Minister-President of Cisleithania. Therefore, he succeeded in carrying out the electoral reform of the Empire, securing direct elections to the lower chamber of the Reichsrat, and in strengthening the political entente with Hungary.


He was the son of Prince Wilhelm of Auersperg (1781–1827), Duke of Gottschee, and Friederike Luise Henriette (née von Lenthe; 1791–1860). His brother Prince Karl of Auersperg was also head of the Austrian ministry (1867–68). His other siblings were Aglaja (1812–1899), Wilhelmine (1813–1886), Alexander (1818–1866) and Leopoldine (1820–1821). Adolf was married twice:

  • the first time (1845) with Baroness Johanna Aloysia Mladota von Solopisk (1820–1849);
  • the second time (1857) with Countess Johanna Festetics de Tolna (1830–1884), daughter of Ernõ János Vilmos von Festetics. This second marriage produced a son:
    • Karl (1859–1927), who became the 9th prince of Auersperg. Karl married in 1885 Countess Eleonore Breunner-Enkevoirth (1864–1920), daughter of Count August Breunner-Enkevoirth. They had five children:
      • Prince Adolf von Auersperg (1886–1923), married (1914) to Countess Gabrielle von Clam und Gallas (their son, Karl-Adolf, 10th Prince of Auersperg, married Countess Feodore of Solms-Baruth, daughter of Princess Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and her husband, and had issue)
      • Princess Agathe von Auersperg (1888–1973), married (1913) to Alexander von Schönburg-Hartenstein
      • Princess Johanna von Auersperg (1890–1967), married (1917) to Rudolf of Meran, son of Count Franz of Meran
      • Princess Eleonore von Auersperg (1892–1967), married (1919) to Erwin Wallner
      • Prince Karl von Auersperg-Breunner (1895–1980), married (1927) to Henriette von Meran
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