John Christian, Count Palatine of Sulzbach

John Christian (23 January 1700 – 20 July 1733; in German: Johann Christian Joseph) was the Count Palatine of Sulzbach from 1732–33. He was the second and youngest surviving son of duke Theodore Eustace, Count Palatine of Sulzbach (1659–1732) with his consort Eleonore Maria Amalia of Hesse-Rotenburg (1675–1720). His elder brother was Joseph Charles, Count Palatine of Sulzbach.

John Christian, Count Palatine of Sulzbach
John Christian of Sulzbach, misidentified with Christian III of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld.jpg
Born(1700-01-23)23 January 1700
Died20 July 1733(1733-07-20) (aged 33)
Noble familyHouse of Wittelsbach
FatherTheodore Eustace, Count Palatine of Sulzbach
MotherEleonore Maria Amalia of Hesse-Rotenburg


After the death of his elder brother Joseph Charles, John Christian Joseph became the eventual designated heir of the Electoral Palatine. In 1732 he succeeded his father as Count Palatine of Sulzbach, but died in Sulzbach in 1733 before inheriting the Palatinate. Charles III Philip, Elector Palatine, a member of the Palatine Neuburg line of Wittelsbach failed to produce a legitimate male heir, and his brothers also. By 1716 it was evident that the Neuburg line would become extinct and that the Sulzbach branch would succeed them.[citation needed]


He married twice:

  1. Charles Theodore (11 December 1724 – 16 February 1799); became Elector Palatine in 1742, and Elector of Bavaria in 1777
  2. Maria Anne (30 May 1728 – 25 June 1728)


John Christian, Count Palatine of Sulzbach
Born: 23 January 1700 Died: 20 July 1733
German royalty
Preceded by Count Palatine of Sulzbach
Succeeded by