Prince Franz I   1929 - 1938

 

Franz (born 1853, died 1938) took a diplomatic office after he had finished his juridical studies and was attaché at the Austrian-Hungarian legation in Brussels between 1878 and 1879. For a few years he supported his brother Prince Johann II in the administration of his goods. In 1894, he went for the next five years as imperial ambassador at the Court of the tsar in Petersburg.

In this position he managed to improve the relationship between the two states, but eventually quit following encreasing Austrian opposition to an alliance with Russia. Consequently, he dedicated himself to science and art and between 1905 and 1912 he led the restoration of the Vaduz Castle.

 

As a counsellor of Prince Johann II, he spent a lot of time in Liechtenstein and had a close and cordial relationship to the population. When he took over the governance in 1929, he continued the economic reforms initiated by his brother.  In 1929 Prince Franz married Elisabeth von Gutmann the daughter of Wilhelm Isak, Ritter von Gutmann a Jewish businessman from Moravia.They had no children. On the 25th of July 1938 Prince Franz died in the Feldsberg Castle.
 

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