Francis Joseph 1830-1916
Francis' German name was
His family was the powerful
Francis Joseph I was emperor of Austria from 1848 until 1916. He
succeeded to the throne when his uncle
Ferdinand I the Benign
abdicated in his favor.
Starting with the year 1867, Francis was also king of Hungary,
because he split his Empire into Austria and Hungary. The exact date was
Francis Joseph's great-nephew
Charles I (German: Karl I)
followed him to the throne.
Governments of Austria.
The Family of Francis
Francis Joseph's family
had a tendency to kick the bucket prematurely:
Empress Elizabeth (the one
who was assassinated in
Archduke Maximilian, emperor of Mexico (the one who was shot
SEE THE FRENCH-MEXICAN WAR
Archduke Rudolf (the one who committed suicide in Austria)
(the one who was assassinated in Sarajevo and whose
assassination triggered the outbreak of
World War I)