Frederick IV, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
, 28 November 1774 - d. Gotha, 11 February 1825), was the last duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
He was the third but second surviving son of Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
and Charlotte de Saxe-Meiningen
After the death of his older brother August
without sons (1822), Frederick (the only surviving male of the house) inherited the duchy of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.
Frederick fought - after military training - in the Napoleonic campaigns and was heavily wounded. As a consequence of these injuries, he was constantly ill until his death. Because of his illness, he traveled for a long time seeking a cure. During these stays outside of his duchy, he left the government in hands of his secret advisor Bernhard August von Lindenau
He only reigned three years and died unmarried; with him, the line of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg ended. After his death, his lands were repartitioned among his Wettin relations. Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
received Gotha, and changed his title to Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
, although the two duchies remained technically separate.