Joseph Franz Valerian of Arco

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Joseph Franz Valerian von Arco (also Joseph Franz Valerian Felix Reichsgraf von Arco ; born September 16, 1686 in Arco ; † March 24, 1746 ) was Prince-Bishop of Chiemsee from 1730–1746 .


Joseph Franz Valerian came from the Arco family . He was Count of Arco and Lord of Spina, Drena, Ristorio and Castellino. His parents were the imperial real secret council and chamberlain Vinciquerra von Arco and his second wife Pulcheria Felicitas von Thun .

Joseph Franz Valerian studied philosophy in Salzburg and then theology and both law in Innsbruck , which he probably completed with a doctorate. From 1721 he was canon in Salzburg , where he was ordained a priest in 1725. In 1728 Archbishop Leopold Anton von Firmian appointed him a Privy Councilor and sent him to the Munich court to negotiate salt matters .

After the death of the Chiemsee bishop Karl Joseph von Kuenburg , Archbishop Firmian nominated him as his successor on December 21, 1729. Confirmation took place on February 19 and the inauguration on Herrenchchiemsee on May 21, 1730. In 1731, on behalf of Archbishop Firmian, he held talks in Munich about military aid against the allegedly rebelling Protestant subjects. During his tenure he sold the Weiherschlössl on the Gmain near Salzburg, which belonged to the diocese. He was unable to exercise the office of auxiliary bishop in Salzburg, which is usually due to the Chiemsee bishops . It was therefore transferred to the Salzburg snow man AF Ciurletti.

After his death, Joseph Franz Valerian was buried in Salzburg Cathedral .


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