Alexander Josef Battenberg

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Alexander Josef Battenberg

Birth
Verona, Provincia di Verona, Veneto, Italy
Death 17 Nov 1893 (aged 36)
Graz, Graz Stadt, Styria (Steiermark), Austria
Burial Sofia, Stolichna Obshtina, Sofia-grad, Bulgaria
Memorial ID 43414448 · View Source
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Alexander was the son of Alexander, Prince of Hesse and his morganatic wife Julia von Hauke. Julia was created Princess of Battenberg and the title was inherited by her sons. His brother Ludwig became the 1st Marquess of Milford Haven.

When, under the Treaty of Berlin (1878), Bulgaria became an autonomous principality under the suzerainty of the Ottoman Empire, the Tsar Alexander II, Alexander's uncle, recommended his nephew to the Bulgarians as a candidate for the newly-created throne, and the Grand National Assembly unanimously elected Prince Alexander as Prince of Bulgaria on 29 April 1879. He became the first Knayz or Prince of a modern Bulgaria reigning from 29 April 1879 to 7 September 1886. He was ill prepared to assume such a task as he had no training in government.

After political uphevels, including suspending the country's constitution and the Revolution of Plovdiv, Alexander resigned. He was given the title of Count of Hartenau and retired to Graz.

On 6 April 1889 in France, he married an actress, Joanna Maria Louise Loisinger. They were the parents of Asen, and Tsvetana.



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  • Added: 22 Oct 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 43414448
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alexander Josef Battenberg (5 Apr 1857–17 Nov 1893), Find a Grave Memorial no. 43414448, citing Memorial Tomb of Alexander I Battenberg, Sofia, Stolichna Obshtina, Sofia-grad, Bulgaria ; Maintained by Goddess (contributor 46995829) .