Victor II, Duke of Ratibor
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Victor II, Duke of Ratibor
Victor II
Duke of Ratibor, Prince of Corvey, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst
Laszlo - Duke Viktor of Ratibor.jpg
Victor II painting by Philip de László, 1898
Born(1847-09-06)6 September 1847
Schloss Rauden, Kingdom of Prussia
Died9 August 1923(1923-08-09) (aged 75)
Corvey Abbey, Weimar Republic
SpouseCountess Maria Breunner-Enkevoirth
Issue
Names
German: Viktor Amadeus
HouseHohenlohe-Schillingsfürst
FatherVictor I, Duke of Ratibor
MotherPrincess Amélie of Fürstenberg

Victor II, Duke of Ratibor, Prince of Corvey, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst (German: Viktor Amadeus 2.Herzog von Ratibor, 2.Fürst von Corvey, Prinz zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst; 6 September 1847 – 9 August 1923) was a member of House of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst and Duke of the Silesian duchy of Ratibor (Polish: Racibórz).

Early life and family

Victor was born at Schloss Rauden, Kingdom of Prussia, eldest son of Victor I, Duke of Ratibor (1818-1893), (son of Franz Joseph, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst and Princess Constanze of Hohenlohe-Langenburg) and his wife, Princess Amélie of Fürstenberg (1821-1899), (daughter of Karl Egon II, Prince of Fürstenberg and Princess Amalie of Baden).

Ratibor studied Law in Bonn and Göttingen and was a member of the Corps Borussia (1867) and Saxonia (1890). In Saxonia was also were his four brothers, Max, Karl Egon, Franz (Colonel à la suite) and Egon (Lord Chamberlain).

Military career

After making his Doctorate in Law he entered the Potsdamer Life Guards Hussar Regiment in which he fought during the Franco-Prussian War.

Political career

Between 1873 and 1876 he worked at the German Embassy in Vienna. In 1893 he took over the dominions Kieferstädtel and Zembowitz in Upper Silesia.

From 1897 to 1921 he was Chairman of the Silesia Province respectively of the Upper Silesian provincial parliament. As a member of the Free Conservative Party, he ran in 1885 and 1888 for the Prussian House of Representatives. Since 1893, he was a member of the Prussian House of Lords. From 1896 to 1904 he was chairman of the New Coalition Party.

In 1913 he became honorary citizen of Breslau.

Marriage

Victor married 19 June 1877 at Vienna to Countess Maria Breunner-Enkevoirth (1856-1929), daughter of Count August Breunner-Enkevoirth, and his wife, Countess Agatha Széchényi de Sárvár-Felsövidék.

They had four children:

Honours

Arms of the Duke of Ratibor and Prince of Corvey

Ancestry

Notes and sources

  • Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser, Reference: 1956
Viktor II, Duke of Ratibor
Cadet branch of the House of Hohenlohe
Born: 6 September 1847 Died: 9 August 1923
German nobility
Preceded by
Victor I
Duke of Ratibor
30 January 1893 - 11 August 1919
Succeeded by
German nobility titles abolished
Prince of Corvey
30 January 1893 - 11 August 1919
Titles in pretence
Loss of title -- TITULAR --
Duke of Ratibor
11 August 1919 - 9 August 1923
Reason for succession failure:
German nobility titles abolished
Succeeded by
Victor III
-- TITULAR --
Prince of Corvey
11 August 1919 - 9 August 1923
Reason for succession failure:
German nobility titles abolished

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