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John George IV, Elector of Saxony

John George IV
Elector of Saxony
Reign 12 September 1691 – 27 April 1694
Predecessor John George III
Successor Frederick Augustus I
Born (1668-10-18)18 October 1668
Dresden
Died 27 April 1694(1694-04-27) (aged 25)
Dresden
Burial Freiberg Cathedral
Spouse Eleonore Erdmuthe of Saxe-Eisenach
Issue Wilhelmina Maria Fryderyka von Rochlitz (illegitimate)
House House of Wettin
Father John George III, Elector of Saxony
Mother Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark
Religion Lutheranism

John George IV (Dresden, 18 October 1668 – Dresden, 27 April 1694) was Elector of Saxony from 1691 to 1694.

He belonged to the Albertine line of the Anna Sophie of Denmark.

First years as elector

John George succeeded his father as Elector when he died, on 12 September 1691.

At the beginning of his reign his chief adviser was Magdalena Sibylla of Neidschutz.

John George III, the late Elector had tried to separate the lovers, perhaps because he was aware of a close blood relationship between them — for Magdalena Sybilla may have been his own illegitimate daughter by Frederick August. When John George tried to stab Eleonore with a sword, the unarmed Frederick turned the impact away with his hand, leaving him with a lifelong handicap.

Last Days

After a substantial bribe from the Elector, on 20 February 1693 Magdalene Sybille was created Countess of Rochlitz (Grafïn von Rochlitz) by Imperial Decree. Shortly before, she gave birth the only daughter of the couple, Wilhelmina Maria.

But the happiness ended soon: Magdalene Sybille contracted smallpox and died on 4 April 1694, in the arms of the Elector, who was also infected with the disease.

John George died twenty-three days later, on 27 April. He was buried in the Freiberg Cathedral.

Because he died without legitimate issue—Electress Eleonore suffered two miscarriages during their marriage, in August 1692 and February 1693—he was succeeded as Elector by his brother Frederick Augustus I (king of Poland as Augustus II of Poland). The new Elector took the guardianship of the little orphan Wilhelmina Maria, who was raised in the court. He acknowledged the girl as his

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