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On this date in History: June 22, 1658. Birth of the future Ludwig VII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt. He was the grandson of the reigning Landgrave Georg II, who was the Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt from 1626 – 1661. His father Ludwig (VI) was the eldest of three sons of Landgrave Georg II and his wife Sophia Eleonore of Saxony.

IMG_6317Ludwig VII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt.

Ludwig VII’s mother was Maria Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp, daughter of the Duke Friedrich III of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp and his wife Marie Elisabeth of Saxony. Ludwig VII succeeded his father as Landgrave on April 24, 1678, but he only ruled for 18 weeks and four days dying on August 31, 1678 from a viral infection. He died unmarried and without an heir and was therefore succeeded by his half brother Ernest-Ludwig as the Landgrave, who was the son of Ludwig VI an his second wife Elisabeth Dorothea of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.