Ludwig III
(Louis III)


Preceeded by (as Grand Duke of Hesse) : Ludwig II
Reign: 16/6/1848-13/6/1877
Succeeded by: Louis IV

Preceeded by
(as Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg) :
Ferdinand
Reign: Title subsumed into Hesse
Succeeded by: None

Ludwig III
1859 1 Thaler
Ob. LUDWIG III GROSHERZOG VON HESSEN
Rev. EIN VEREINSTHALER XXX EIN PFUND FEIN
Ed. MUNZVERTRAG VOM24 JANUAR 1857
Silver 0.9000
18.520g
mintage: 594,000
Mint: ?
MM: -
Ludwig III


Titles: Grand Duke of Hessen-Darmstadt 1848-1877
Born: 9/6/1806
Died: 13/6/1877
Father: Ludwig II
Mother: Wilhelmine of Baden
Married to: Princess Mathilde Caroline of Bavaria (1833)
Children: none
Married to: Baroness Magdaken of Hochstadten (1868)
Children: none
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Flag of Hesse-Darmstadt 1839-1903 Location of Hesse-Darmstadt
Coat of arms of Hesse-Darmstadt

The former Landgraves of Hesse-Darmstadt had the title of Grand Duke bestowed on them by Napoleon in 1806, together with a considerable increase in territory. At the congress of Vienna this was ratified, with some modifications. Ludwig did not possess much private property and was dependant on the civil list for income and received annually some 751,800 florins or 62,650.

The army commanded by Ludwig III in 1863 consisted of: Click here

Ludwig III and his family were Lutherins and the population of the Grand-duchy breaks down as follows
Religion Number
Lutherans 398,807
Roman Catholics 217,405
Calvinists 29,200
United Evangelicals 167,534
Other Christians 3,925
Jews 28,759


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