He spent his childhood in Waldshut after his father became bailiff of the forest there. The boy studied at Porrentruy, the University of Freiburg, Lucerne, and at the Collegium Germanicum in Rome. He was ordained as a priest on April 15, 1648.
On September 18, 1648, the cathedral chapter of Basel Münster elected him to be Prince-Bishop of Basel.
Pope Innocent X confirmed the appointment on March 3, 1653. Thomas Henrici, auxiliary bishop of Basel on June 15, 1653.
He died in Porrentruy on November 30, 1656. He received heart-burial.