Famous Austrian Emperors & Kings

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 1 Franz Joseph I of Austria

Franz Joseph I of Austria
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Famous As: Emperor of Austria
Birthdate: August 18, 1830
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Austrian
Died: November 21, 1916

Franz Joseph I of Austria reigned as the Emperor of Austria from 1848 until his death in 1916. He also served as the King of Hungary, Bohemia, and Croatia and monarch of other states of Austria-Hungary. During his reign, Austria-Hungary decided to wage war against the Kingdom of Serbia, which eventually resulted in the First World War.

 2 Maximilian I of Mexico

Maximilian I of Mexico
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: July 6, 1832
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian
Died: June 19, 1867
Austrian archduke Maximilian I ruled as the only emperor of the Second Mexican Empire, from 1864 to 1867. He had also been the commander-in-chief of the Imperial Austrian Navy. However, after the French withdrew their support, he was executed by Mexico’s Republican forces, led by Benito Juárez.
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 3 Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor

Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor
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Famous As: Holy Roman Emperor
Birthdate: March 22, 1459
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Austrian
Died: January 12, 1519

Maximilian I  was Holy Roman Emperor from 1508 until his death in 1519. The son of Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor, and Eleanor of Portugal, he ruled jointly with his father for the last years of the latter’s reign. During his reign, he expanded the influence of the House of Habsburg and established the Habsburg dynasty in Spain. 

 4 Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria

Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: August 21, 1858
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Austrian
Died: January 30, 1889

 5 Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor

Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
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Famous As: Holy Roman Emperor
Birthdate: May 5, 1747
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Austrian, Hungarian
Died: March 1, 1792

Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor reigned as king of Archduke of Austria, emperor of the Romans, and king of Hungary and Bohemia from 1790 until his death in 1792. From 1765 to 1790, he served as Grand Duke of Tuscany, during which he abolished capital punishment in Tuscany, making it the first nation to abolish capital punishment in modern history.

 6 Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor

Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: October 1, 1685
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Austrian
Died: October 20, 1740

Much before his daughter Maria Theresa’s birth, Emperor Charles VI’s Pragmatic Sanction enabled his future daughter to succeed him, due to the lack of male heirs. Though he was always busy fighting, he apparently did it all to bring about peace. He had also unsuccessfully attempted to conquer Spain.

 7 Ferdinand I of Austria

Ferdinand I of Austria
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: April 19, 1793
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Austrian, Hungarian
Died: June 29, 1875

Ferdinand I of Austria reigned as the Austrian emperor from 1835 until his retirement in 1848. As the emperor of Austria, Ferdinand also ruled as the king of Croatia, Hungary, and Bohemia. He also served as the king of Lombardy–Venetia and held several other lesser titles, which any emperor of Austria is entitled to hold.

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 8 Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor

Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor
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Famous As: Holy Roman Emperor
Birthdate: July 9, 1578
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian
Died: February 15, 1637

Ferdinand II was the Holy Roman Emperor from 1619 to1637. He was a member of the House of Habsburg and the son of Archduke Charles II of Inner Austria and Maria of Bavaria. A zealous Catholic, he wanted to restore the Catholic Church as the only religion in the empire, a move that earned him the ire of Protestant groups. 

 9 Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor

Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 18, 1552
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian
Died: January 20, 1612

 10 Otto of Greece

Otto of Greece
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: June 1, 1815
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Austrian, Greek
Died: July 26, 1867

Otto of Greece was a Bavarian prince who reigned as the king of Greece from 1832 to 1862. He was largely unpopular throughout his reign as he failed to resolve Greece's poverty. He was deposed in 1862 and died in exile in 1867.

 11 Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor

Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor
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Famous As: Holy Roman emperor
Birthdate: July 26, 1678
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Austrian, Hungarian, Italian
Died: April 17, 1711

 12 Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor

Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: February 24, 1557
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Austrian
Died: March 20, 1619

 13 Archduke Franz Karl of Austria

Archduke Franz Karl of Austria
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Famous As: Archduke of Austria
Birthdate: December 17, 1802
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Austrian
Died: March 8, 1878

 14 Ladislaus the Posthumous

Ladislaus the Posthumous
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Birthdate: February 22, 1440
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Austrian
Died: November 23, 1457

 15 Alexander, Prince of Bulgaria

Alexander, Prince of Bulgaria
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: April 5, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Austrian
Died: October 23, 1893

 16 Albert VII, Archduke of Austria

Albert VII, Archduke of Austria
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Famous As: Archduke
Birthdate: November 13, 1559
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Austrian
Died: July 13, 1621

 17 Childebert II

Childebert II
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: April 6, 0570
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Austrian
Died: February 29, 0595

 18 Frederick the Fair

Frederick the Fair
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: May 1, 1289
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Austrian, German
Died: January 13, 1330

 19 Ferdinand IV of Hungary

Ferdinand IV of Hungary
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: September 8, 1633
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian
Died: July 9, 1654

 20 Henry II, Duke of Austria

Henry II, Duke of Austria
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Famous As: Duke
Birthdate: 1112 AD
Nationality: Austrian
Died: January 13, 1177

 21 Wacho

Wacho
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Austrian
Died: 0539 AD

 22 Ferdinand II of Portugal

Ferdinand II of Portugal
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: October 29, 1816
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Austrian, German, Portuguese
Died: December 15, 1885

 23 Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este

Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: June 1, 1754
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Austrian
Died: December 24, 1806