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1895: Field Marshal Archduke Albrecht – The Wealthiest Austrian Cousin of Emperor Francis Joseph

1895: Field Marshal Archduke Albrecht – The Wealthiest Austrian Cousin of Emperor Francis Joseph
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This day in 1895 marked the death of the exceptionally wealthy Archduke Albrecht of Austria. He was a contemporary of Austrian emperor Francis Joseph, and also his second cousin (they belonged to the same Habsburg-Lothringen family).

According to the size of his personal landholdings, Archduke Albrecht was the first among the Habsburgs. Archduke Albrecht’s landholdings stretched across the entire Habsburg Monarchy. For example, he held around 120,000 hectares of land only in Hungary, and also owned land on the territory of what are now Poland, Moravia, Italy, and Croatia. All in all, his landholdings covered a total of around 207,000 hectares.

In Vienna Albrecht owned a palace in which a famous museum, known as the Albertina, is now located. Albrecht held the highest rank in the Austrian army – that of field marshal, and was also the commander-in-chief of the entire Austro-Hungarian army.

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