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Archduke John

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 region Podravje (Drauland) which today belongs to Slovenia, he made a significant contribution to the 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, whose president he remained until his death, took over the patronage of the K.- und K.-Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft von Tirol und Vorarlberg in 1838, and in 1840 founded the Montanschule in Vordernberg near Eisenerz (today the Montan University in Leoben).

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