Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke Of Mecklenburg
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Frederick Francis II
(28 February 1823 – 15 April 1883) was a Prussian officer and the Grand Duke of
,, reigning from 7 March 1842 until 15 April 1883.
He was born in
, the eldest son of the then
Hereditary Grand Duke Paul Friedrich
and his wife
Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
. He became the heir apparent to the Grand Duchy following the death of his great-grandfather
Frederick Francis I
on 1 February 1837. Frederick Francis was privately educated until 1838. He then attended the
before going to the
University of Bonn
. Frederick Francis succeeded his father as Grand Duke on 7 March 1842.
Frederick Francis served on the general staff of
Friedrich Graf von Wrangel
Second Schleswig War
. During the
he commanded the forces that occupied
and lay siege to
. He also took part in the
, during which he was made Governor-General of
and commanded the German forces laying siege
. He defended the Prussian forces during the
Siege of Paris
from attack by the
Army of the Loire
. He defeated French forces at the battles of
. He held the rank of Prussian general and was also a Russian General Field Marshal.
Frederick Francis died on 15 April 1883 in
. He was succeeded as Grand Duke by his...
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