Frederick William I , Elector of Brandenburg
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||Frederick William I , Elector of Brandenburg
||Friedrich Wilhelm , von Brandenburg
||6 Feb 1620
||Cölln an der Spree, Brandenburg, GermanyJulian
||16 FEB 1620
||Kolln a/d SpreeGregorian
||7 DEC 1646
||'s-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Netherlandsto Luise Henriette of Nassau
||13 Jun 1668
||Halberstadt, Sachsen, Preußen, GermanySchloss Gröningen
to Sophia Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
||29 Apr 1688
||Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preußen, GermanyJulian
||9 MAY 1688
||Potsdam, Brandenburg, PrussiaGregorian
||House of Hohenzollern
- Markgraf von Brandenburg
- Erzkammerer und Kurfürst des Heiligen Römischen Reiches
- Herzog in Preussen
- the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia
Frederick William (16 February 1620 – 29 April 1688) was Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia – and thus ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia – from 1640 until his death. A member of the House of Hohenzollern, he is popularly known as "the Great Elector" because of his military and political prowess. Frederick William was a staunch pillar of the Calvinist faith, associated with the rising commercial class. He saw the importance of trade and promoted it vigorously. His shrewd domestic reforms gave Prussia a strong position in the post-Westphalian political order of north-central Europe, setting Prussia up for elevation from duchy to kingdom, achieved under his son and successor.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Frederick William I, Elector of Brandenburg, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Kurfürst von Brandenburg, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
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