Karl Maria Alexander
Prince of Auersperg
Head of the House of Auersperg
Period4 January 1890 – 19 October 1927
PredecessorKarl Wilhelm
SuccessorKarl Adolf
Born(1859-02-26)26 February 1859
Vienna, Austrian Empire
Died19 October 1927(1927-10-19) (aged 68)
Schloss Goldegg, Neidling, Lower Austria, Austria
Mausoleum Losensteinleiten, Wolfern
SpouseCountess Eleonore von Breunner-Enkevoirth
IssuePrince Adolf
Princess Agathe
Princess Johanna
Princess Eleonore
Prince Karl
FatherAdolf, Hereditary Prince of Auersperg
MotherCountess Johanna Festetics de Tolna
ReligionRoman Catholic

Karl Maria Alexander, 9th Prince of Auersperg, Duke of Gottschee (26 February 1859 in Vienna - 19 October 1927 in Goldegg; from 1919 Karl Maria Alexander Auersperg) [1] was an Austrian landowner and politician.


Karl Maria Alexander was heir to the influential mediatized House of Auersperg. His father, Prince Adolf of Auersperg was Minister-President of Austria. The same position was held by his uncle Prince Karl Wilhelm of Auersperg. He was cavalry master of the reserve, Chief Treasurer and Chief Land-marshal in Carniola and the Windic March, as well as a Privy Councilor.

From 1894 to 1902 he was a member of the Landtag of Lower Austria as the representative of the constitutionally loyal landowners. In 1891 he succeeded his uncle Prince Karl Wilhelm as hereditary member of the House of Lords (Herrenhaus), where he became the House's Vice-President and leader of the Constitutional Party from 1897 to 1907.

As a member of the Reichsrat he represented the constituency of Gottschee in the Austrian House of Representatives from 1907 to 1911.[2] He represented agricultural interests as President of the agricultural society and firmly opposed the introduction of universal suffrage.[3]


He was the son of Prince Adolf Wilhelm Daniel of Auersperg (1821-1885) and Countess Johanna Festetics de Tolna (1830-1884). On the death of his uncle, Prince Karl Wilhem, he became 9th Prince of Auersperg, Duke of Gottschee, Princely Count of Wels.

In 1885 he married Countess Eleonore von Breunner-Enkevoirth [de], daughter of Count August von Breunner-Enkevoirth, with whom he had five children. Their elder son Adolf (1886-1923) continued the main Princely line, the younger son Karl (1895-1980) took the name Prinz von Auersperg-Breunner as adoptive son of his aunt, Countess Ernestine Coudenhove (born Countess Breunner), and founded a cadet branch.[citation needed]



  1. ^ See Adelsaufhebungsgesetz 1919
  2. ^ Erich Petschauer: 20. Jahrhundert / I. In: Jahrhundertbuch der Gottscheer, 1980. Abgerufen am 24. Jänner 2011.
  3. ^ Die Wahlrechtsreform 1907: Wichtiger Reformschritt oder Niederlage? Die Herrenhaus-Debatte vom 21. Dezember 1906. Parlamentskorrespondenz Nr. 41 vom 26. Jänner 2007 des Österreichischen Parlaments. Abgerufen am 24. Jänner 2011.
  4. ^ Boettger, T. F. "Chevaliers de la Toisón d'Or - Knights of the Golden Fleece". La Confrérie Amicale. Archived from the original on 29 July 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2019.