Prince Adolf of Auersperg

Adolf Fürst von Auersperg

Prince Adolf of Auersperg by Adolf Dauthage
8th Minister-President of Cisleithania
In office
28 November 1871  15 February 1879
Monarch Francis Joseph I
Preceded by Ludwig Feirherr von Holzgethan
Succeeded by Karl Ritter von Stremayr
Personal details
Born (1821-07-21)21 July 1821
Vlašim, Bohemia, Austrian Empire
Died 5 January 1885(1885-01-05) (aged 63)
Goldegg Castle, Neidling, Lower Austria, Austria-Hungary
Spouse(s) Baroness Johanna Aloysia Mladota von Solopisk
Countess Johanna Festétics de Tólna

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:

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