Friedrich Graf von Franquemont
(05.03.1770 - 02.01.1842)
place of birth: Ludwigsburg, Württemberg
Württemberg: Kriegsminister, General der Infanterie
Friedrich Graf von Franquemont served as Württemberg's Minister of War
during the first part of the 19th century. Friedrich was born as the
illegitimate son of Karl Eugen, Duke of Württemberg, and the dancer Regina Monti.
He was commissioned as a 17-year old lieutenant in 1787, when he joined the
so-called Kap Regiment. In service to the Dutch East India Company, service in
this military unit took him from South Africa to Jakarta and further to Ceylon.
In 1795, Franquemont was taken prisoner by the British and shipped to England,
where he was released about five years thereafter.
home in 1805, Franquemont joined the Württemberg military forces at the
rank of Hauptmann, quickly rising through the ranks. By 1813, he was promoted to
Feldzeugmeister (General der Infanterie) and soon was commanding troops under
Napoleon during the German Campaign (Befreiungskriege) of 1813-14. He
was severely wounded during the Battle of Bautzen, May 1813. Returning home once
again, General Franquemont was selected by King Wilhelm I. to head of the
Kriegsdepartement, as Württemberg's War Ministry was known at the time. He
was further involved in Württemberg politics by serving as a member of the
Geheime Rat (Privy Council) from 1816 to 1829. In 1818, King Wilhelm presented
Franquemont with the Order of the Württemberg Crown Grand Cross.
09.11.1816 - 10.08.1829