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During his time in power, Joseph issued decrees that promoted equality and education, but the speed and scope of his reforms led to problems for him and his empire. Joseph died in Vienna on February 20, , at the age of His mother, Maria Theresa, was the ruler of the Habsburg empire. His father, Francis I, held the title of Holy Roman emperor. As the firstborn son, Joseph spent his childhood knowing he would grow up to take the reins of power.
Joseph, the eldest son of Maria Theresa and Francis Stephen of Lorraine the future emperor Francis I , was strictly and thoroughly educated. When Maria Theresa appointed him to the Council of State, he exhibited unusual intelligence and an intense interest in politics. In he married Maria Josepha of Bavaria , who in also died of smallpox. His inability to make decisions necessarily limited his ambition. After his father died, in , he became emperor, but Maria Theresa made all the important decisions.