König von Sachsen
(08.08.1832 - 15.10.1904)
place of birth: Dresden, Sachsen (Saxony)
Majestät der König,
The youngest son of Saxony's King Johann
"der Wahrhaftige" of Saxony (d. 1873) and Queen Amelia, Georg
was likewise the father of Friedrich August III. the last king of
Saxony. From an early age he received a careful scientific and military
training, and in 1846 joined an artillery unit as a lieutenant.
During the Austro- Prussian War of
1866 he commanded a Saxon cavalry brigade, and in the early part of the
Franco-Prussian War of 1870 he was a divisional commander. He later
commanded the Saxon XII. Army Corps, distinguishing himself during the
battles of St. Privat and at Beaumont. When his brother Albert
Saxony's king, Georg was named Commander-in- Chief of the Saxon Army,
and in 1888 was made a Prussian field marshal by the Kaiser Wilhelm I.
Since King Albert's marriage was childless, Georg succeeded on his death
in 1902 to the throne of Saxony. The king passed away on 15 October 1904
in the town of Pillnitz.