Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg
Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg, also known as Prince Franz Joseph of Battenberg, GCVO, KCB, (24 September 1861 – 31 July 1924), was the fourth and youngest son and child of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine and Countess Julia von Hauke.
|Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg|
|Born||24 September 1861|
Padua, Kingdom of Italy
|Died||31 July 1924 (aged 62)|
Territet (near Montreux), Switzerland
Princess Anna of Montenegro (m. 1897)
|Father||Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine|
|Mother||Countess Julia Hauke|
At one time, he was considered for the throne of Bulgaria, which eventually went to his brother Alexander. Francis Joseph nevertheless followed his brother to Bulgaria, where he served as a colonel in the Bulgarian cavalry. In 1891 he published an academic study on Bulgarian economic history, which he dedicated to his brother.
At a family reunion in London in 1894 Franz Joseph met Consuelo Vanderbilt, the daughter of an extremely wealthy American railway tycoon William Kissam Vanderbilt. He made a marriage proposal to Consuelo, but she disliked him and turned him down.
|Ancestors of Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg|
- Stuart, Amanda Mackenzie, Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and Mother in the Gilded Age, Harper Perennial, 2005, p. 101
- "Royal Wedding At Cettinje; Francis Joseph of Battenberg United to Princess Anna of Montenegro" (PDF), The New York Times, Cettinje, 19 May 1897
- von Battenberg, Franz Joseph (1891). Die volkswirthschaftliche Entwicklung Bulgariens von 1879 bis zur Gegenwart. Leipzig: Veit.
- Stasz, Clarice (1999). The Vanderbilt Women: Dynasty of Wealth, Glamour, and Tragedy. Lincoln, NE: toExcel Press. p. 118. ISBN 1-58348-727-1. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
- Theroff, Paul (2007). "Hesse". An Online Gotha. Retrieved 11 March 2007.
- "No. 26707". The London Gazette. 7 February 1896. p. 718.
- "No. 10883". The London Gazette. 14 May 1897. p. 458.
- Works by or about Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg in libraries (WorldCat catalog)