Friedrich Wilhelm, Count Brandenburg
Frederick William was the son of King Frederick William II of the morganatic marriage with Countess Sophie of Dönhoff. With his sister, Julie of Brandenburg, later Duchess of Anhalt- Köthen, he was raised on July 6, 1795 in the rank of count under the name of Brandenburg.
Brandenburg occurred on 18 April 1806 Estandartenjunker in the regiment of the Gardes du Corps of the Prussian army and made the campaign of 1807. As captain he belonged in 1812 to the staff of General York in the campaign against Russia. 1839 Friedrich Wilhelm Commanding General of the VI. Army Corps and 1848 cavalry general. A residence was acquired in 1832 in the Lower Silesian Castle Domanze circle Schweidnitz.
Following the resignation of the Ministry Pfuel he was appointed head of the new ministry, which was designated as a Cabinet Brandenburg- Manteuffel. This personnel decision clarified the start of Reaktionsära, with Prussia completely contrary presented the Frankfurt National Assembly. The Prussian National Assembly was dissolved against the resistance by the king with Friedrich Wilhelm support, moved from Berlin to Brandenburg and finally eliminated altogether. On December 5, 1848 Constitution without the consent of Parliament enacted ( " imposed constitution "). On February 16, 1850 was made an honorary citizen of Berlin Friedrich Wilhelm Graf von Brandenburg.
In October 1850 he was sent to Warsaw to explore Russia's position in the emerging Austro- Prussian conflict. First, he had directed against Austria Union policy of Prussia supported, but then put on a balance between the two powers. Friedrich Wilhelm did not want to leave especially come to war against Austria and therefore agreed on 1 and November 2, 1850 against the introduced Radowitz mobilization of Prussia.
The next day, November 3, he suddenly fell ill and died on November 6, 1850. On November 8, he was buried in the vault of the Berlin Cathedral.
Friedrich Wilhelm Graf von Brandenburg married on 24 May 1818 in Potsdam Mathilde Aurora Massenbach ( born October 24, 1795 † March 5, 1885 ). They had eight children:
- Friedrich (1819-1892), Prussian general
- Wilhelm (1819-1892), Prussian general
- Friedrich Wilhelm Gustav (* August 24, 1820 in Berlin, † March 9, 1909 ), the Prussian envoy to Brussels and Lisbon, real Privy Council
- Charlotte Wilhelmine Friederike Alexandrine Julie ( born November 18, 1821 in Berlin, † August 8, 1902 ), honorary pin lady in Holy Sepulchre
- Louise Julie (* May 31, 1823, † 24 August 1884 ), honorary pin lady in Holy Sepulchre
- Friederike Wilhelmine Elisabeth Mathilde ( born April 4, 1825 in Berlin, † February 26, 1900 ) ∞ May 24th, 1847 Alexander Georg Erdmann of Pueckler (* April 22, 1820, † 11 November 1864 ), Prussian Major
- Friederike Wilhelmine Georgine Elizabeth ( born July 2, 1828 † September 13, 1893 )
- Alexandra Friederike Wilhelmine Marianne ( May 3, 1834 † December 5, 1885 ), maid of honor to the Empress Augusta
Medals and Decorations
- Pour le Mérite on August 12, 1812
- Iron Cross First Class and in 1813
- Russian Order of Saint George IV Class in 1813
- Russian Order of St. Anne, Second Class with diamonds in 1813
- Red Eagle Order Second Class with oak leaves on September 28, 1826
- Prussian Service Medal Cross on April 18, 1831
- Star of the Red Eagle, Second Class with Oak Leaves on September 24, 1832
- Red Eagle Order, First Class with oak leaves on January 18, 1836
- Grand Cross of the House Order of the White Falcon on November 2, 1840
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Oak Crown on October 24, 1846
- Black Eagle Order on October 18, 1849