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Archduke Johann

The Austrian Archduke Johann Baptist of Austria (1782-1859) was the sixth son of Emperor Leopold II (1747-1792). In Styria, with the part of the Podravje (Drauland) region that is now part of Slovenia, he contributed significantly to economic and cultural development in mining, industry, agriculture, technology and folk music. Johann, who was close to the people, also became popular through his marriage to the commoner Anna Plochl. In 1811 he founded the Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz, which was named after him, in 1819 the K.- und K.-Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft Steiermark, of which he remained president until his death, in 1838 he took over the patronage of the K.- und K.-Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft von Tirol und Vorarlberg and in 1840 he founded the Montanschule in Vordernberg near Eisenerz (today the Montanuniversität in Leoben).

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