Johann Georg (Mecklenburg)

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Johann Georg, Duke of Mecklenburg [-Schwerin] (born May 3, 1629 in Lichtenburg Castle near Prettin , † July 9, 1675 in Mirow ) was a prince of the House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin .


Prince Johann Georg came from the Schwerin line of the Mecklenburg Princely House and belongs to the 17th generation of his family. He was the fifth child and third oldest son of Duke Adolf Friedrich I in his first marriage to Anna Maria , daughter of Count Enno III. from East Frisia , born and grew up in the family with the largest number of children that the Mecklenburg Princely House has ever experienced (his father had 19 children in two marriages). He spent his childhood together with his sister Anna Maria during their father's exile at the court of the Saxon elector widow Hedwig of Denmark and Norway in Lichtenburg Castle near Prettin .

Johann Georg was apanaged after his brother Karl with the office of Mirow . In 1648 the Mirow commandery was secularized and converted into a ducal Mecklenburg administrative office with its seat in Mirow.

Under the nickname “The Breaker” , Johann Georg was a member of the Fruit Bringing Society in Weimar, the largest literary group of the Baroque .

For the dynasty, Johann Georg remained meaningless. As the father's successor, his eldest brother, Christian Ludwig I , became the ruling duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in 1658 . His youngest half-brother, Adolf Friedrich, won the third major division of Mecklenburg and ascended the throne of the newly formed part of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in 1701 as Adolf Friedrich II . Johann Georg himself married on February 2, 1675, just a few months before his death, to Elisabeth Eleonore von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel . The marriage remained childless.

He died in Mirow as a result of a poison which he had been accidentally administered instead of medicine and was buried in the princely crypt of Mirow. His coffin has not been preserved.

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