Ernest Louis, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

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Ernest Louis of Hesse-Darmstadt (German: Ernst Ludwig) (15 December 1667 – 12 September 1739) was Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt from 1678 to 1739. His parents were Landgrave Louis VI of Hesse-Darmstadt and Elisabeth Dorothea of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1640–1709).

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Ernest Louis
Portrait of Ernst Ludwig
by Johann Christian Fiedler
Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
Reign31 August 1678 –
12 September 1739
PredecessorLouis VII
SuccessorLouis VIII
Born15 December 1667
Died12 September 1739(1739-09-12) (aged 71)
Jägersburg Castle, Einhausen
(m. 1687; died 1705)
Luise Sophie von Spiegel zum Desenberg
(m. 1727)
IssueDorothea Sophie
Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
Charles William
Francis Ernest
Friederike Charlotte
FatherLouis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
MotherElisabeth Dorothea of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

Ernest Louis's desire to emulate the French court under Louis XIV ran his country into debt. Among those patronized in this cultural milieu were the Baroque composer Christoph Graupner and the gambist Ernst Christian Hesse; also bringing into his service architect Louis Remy de la Fosse for his extensive building program. Upon his death in 1739, his country's debt was 4 million gulden, ten times the annual revenue.