William II, Elector of Hesse

William II, Elector Of Hesse

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William II, Elector of Hesse () (born Hanau, 28 July 1777; died Frankfurt am Main, 20 November 1847) was the penultimate Elector of Hesse.


William was the eldest surviving son of William I, Elector of Hesse and Wilhelmina Caroline of Denmark and Norway. He succeeded as Elector of Hesse (a title that was moribund after the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806) on his father's death in 1821.

Marriage and issue

On 13 February 1797 in Berlin, William married Princess Augusta of Prussia, fourth daughter of Frederick William II of Prussia. They had six children:

Morganatic marriages

William also had eight children by his second wife, Emilie Ortlöpp (1791–1843), daughter of Johann Christian Ortlöpp and wife Agnese Luise Sophie Wiessenberg, created (1821) Countess of Reichenbach-Lessonitz. The children bore the title Count/Countess of Reichenbach-Lessonitz:
  • Luise Wilhelmine Emilie (26 February 1813 – 3 October 1883), married Karl Count von Bose
  • Julius Wilhelm Albrecht (4 October 1815 – 15 January 1822)
  • Gustav Karl (24 August 1818 – 26 September 1861), married Clementine......
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