Klemens Wenzel Lothar, Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein

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Clemens Wenceslaus Nepomuk Lothar von Metternich

Also Known As: "II. Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg"
Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Death: June 11, 1859 (86)
Wien, Österreich
Place of Burial: Plasy, Czech Republic
Immediate Family:

Son of Franz Georg Karl, Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg and Maria Beatrix Aloysia von Kageneck, Fürstin zu Metternich-Winneburg
Husband of Katharina Alexandra Dorothea von Lieven; Maria Eleonore von Kaunitz-Rietberg, Fürstin zu Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein; Maria Antonie von Leykam, Fürstin zu Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein and Melanie de Zichy e Vasanykeö, Fürstin zu Metternich-Winneburg
Father of Maria Leopoldina von Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein, Gräfin zu Esterházy de Galántha; Franz Karl Johann Georg von Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein, Prinz; Clemens Eduard von Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein, Prinz; Viktor Franz Karl (Viktor) Ernst Lothar Clemens Joseph Anton Adam von Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein, Prinz; Clementine Marie Octavie von Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein, Prinzessin and 10 others
Brother of Pauline Kunigunde Walburga von Metternich-Winneburg, Prinzessin von Württemberg and Alois Wenzel von Metternich, Prince

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About Klemens Wenzel Lothar, Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein

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Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar, Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein

Born 15 May 1773, he was a German-born Austrian politician and statesman and was one of the most important diplomats of his era. He served as the Foreign Minister of the Holy Roman Empire and its successor state, the Austrian Empire, from 1809 until the liberal revolutions of 1848 forced his resignation. One of his first tasks was to engineer a détente with France that included the marriage of Napoleon to the Austrian Arch-Duchess Marie Louise. Soon after, however, he would be the foreign minister who engineered Austria's entry into the War of the Sixth Coalition on the Allied side, signed the Treaty of Fontainebleu that sent Napoleon into exile and led the Austrian delegation at the Congress of Vienna which divided post-Napoleonic Europe between the major powers. In recognition of his service to the Austrian Empire he was raised to the title of Prince in October 1813. Under his guidance, the "Metternich system" of international congresses continued for another decade as Austria aligned herself with Russia and, to a lesser extent, Prussia. This marked the high point of Austria's diplomatic importance, and thereafter Metternich slowly slipped back into the periphery of international diplomacy. At home, the Austrian foreign minister concurrently held the post of Chancellor of State from 1821 until 1848, under both Francis II of Austria and his son Ferdinand I of Austria. After a brief period of exile in London, Brighton and Brussels that lasted until 1851, he returned once more to the Viennese court, this time only to offer advice to Ferdinand's successor, Franz Josef. Having outlived his generation of politicians, Metternich died at the age of 86 in 1859.



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Klemens Wenzel Lothar, Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein's Timeline

May 15, 1773
Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
January 17, 1797
Age 23
February 21, 1798
Age 24
June 10, 1799
Age 26
January 12, 1803
Age 29
November 10, 1803
Age 30
Dresden, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
August 30, 1804
Age 31
September 29, 1810
Age 37
Vienna, Vienna, Austria
June 18, 1811
Age 38
Wien, Österreich